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Walking is a panacea, a remedy for almost all your woes!?
Walking is like a universal panacea. It has so many health benefits, physical, mental and spiritual. It supports sexual health, including being a great remedy for erectile dysfunction. It helps de-escalate anger and agitated emotions. It connects us to Nature, soothing our soul.
Exercise needed? Walking is a very low-cost and simple way to get your daily exercise.
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” (Thomas Jefferson)
Weight issues? A 30 minute walk prevents weight gain in sedentary people. Walk more than 30 minutes and you are losing fat and weight (Duke University).
Tone your butt? Yes please? Read how at wikiHow by walking...
Sexual issues? Regular exercise enhances sexual health. A brisk daily walk suffices!
Erectile dysfunction? In one study, 67% of men raised their game by walking (no longer needed Viagra).
Relationship issues? Go for a long walk together and let the stream of consciousness flow. This can really help says Nathan Seaward (21m30s). For Glen Irvin Flores, a recovering alcoholic, and his wife, daily walks made it easier for both to open up about tough issues, so much so that they no longer felt the need for marriage counselling.
Health issues? Walking has so many physical health benefits (e.g. see here, here).
Perhaps combine walking and nature. Practise forest bathing/shinrin-yoku. A 90 minute hike through woodland twice a week boosts your immunity by 46% (Nippon Medical School cited in Men’s Health, August 2009, p.26).
“Walking is man’s best medicine.” (Hippocrates)
In a bad mood/need happiness? A 10 minute walk has been shown to boost brain chemistry, to create happiness.
“Lovely days don't come to you, you should walk to them.” (Rumi)
"Take a walk and clear the busy mind." (Trish Blackery)
Going through hell? Keep walking!
"If you are going through hell... keep on going." (Sir Winston Churchill)
Seeking a long life?
“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.” (Tibetan proverb)
Searching for answers to problems?
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” (John Muir)
"Solvitur ambulando." (Latin phrase) = "It is solved by walking."
Fancy a laugh? Try out 'The Ministry of Silly Walks':
If it is safe, go out for a walk - but have no planned route, no time limit. See where you are led by yourself. Experiment with goallessness, intuition. What surprises and delights await?
Creativity dried up?
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” (Henry David Thoreau)
There is a Navajo prayer and chant 'Walking in Beauty', which is about being in harmony and connected to everything around you, in a heightened state of consciousness now and into old age - watch here, here, here.
Meditation called for?
"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, l found, was really going in." (John Muir)
Lost in life?
If, like Dante (Inferno, Canto I), midway through life, you awake to find yourself within a dark forest, and the straightforward path has been lost, here are some suggestions:-
Need a miracle?
“To walk into nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” (Mary Davis)
Require angelic inspiration?
“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” (Raymond Inmon)
Want to totally transform your life? Go on a Pilgrimage!
There are many pilgrimage sites, but perhaps the best known modern walking pilgrimage is El Camino de Santiago, from your home (or other European starting point) to Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain.
Grow your innate goodness?
“One of our old, old holy men said, ‘Every step you take upon the earth should be a prayer. The power of a pure and good soul is planted as a seed in every person’s heart, and will grow as you walk in a sacred manner.’”
(Charmaine White Face of Sioux nation, cited in Native American Wisdom by Alan Jacobs, p.159)
Concerned for Mother Earth? Walking more (i.e. using fossil fuel transport less) will reduce air pollution, reverse manmade climate change and save the environment.
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Dog difficulties? Keep your dog happy with a walk. It is the foundation of dog training. Ensure dog is calm. Then lead calmly and assertively (i.e. not with tech or other distraction, and not with the dog leading you!). Read more here, here.
Yes, walking is a Panacea!!