A recent article states that Americans have lost the fine art of “Purposeless Walking” and as a result miss out on its benefits. In other words, we no longer walk just to walk. Instead, our walks are filled with music, texting, or exercise intervals which keep us from doing what we have traditionally done on walks: relax, talk, and reflect on our lives.
Here are some suggestions for regaining the real and personal benefits of walking: walk further with no fixed path; stop texting; take the head phones off, and reflect on life. In other words, stop going on multi-task walks and see the walk as your only task. In doing so, stress will go down, life improvement will go up, and personal change can really happen.
If you want a passage to think about on your next walk consider Psalm 23 which says, “1The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23
So, take a walk today without multi-tasking, and let that Psalm bring you comfort and encouragement. Have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D