Running half marathons, 10ks, 5ks, and the like for exercise is fantastic. But recently I’ve also been doing a lot of walking, just for walking’s sake.
There are plenty of great benefits to regular walking. It’s good for your body, heart, and waistline, gives you energy, and fills you with those mysterious “happy endorphins”. It doesn’t have to be strenuous to be effective, so you don’t have to push yourself to do it. Just get out there and go.
Often, when I walk, I listen to audio books on my MP3 player. I’ve gone through a great many books this way. Though sometimes I’ll listen to music, or simply keep the headphones off, and listen to what’s going on around me in civilization and in nature.
This afternoon I went walking with my mom around Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages, Florida. It was a really nice walk – the weather has been wonderful in Florida this November, with warm air coupled with cool breezes. It was great to simply go walking on a nice day.