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health benefits of walking

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Walking is the pace we are designed to move at. Yet look at the speeds we race around in! Since the advent of the car hills no longer slow us down. With electricity, heating we keep going, light or dark, whatever the season, our busy minds constantly active. Our pressures, deadlines, agendas and addictions driving us on. In our 24/7 culture we seldom stop for a lunch break, we don't give ourselves enough sleep.

Yet as we move faster and faster through space we do less and less physical exercise with our bodies. We sit for hours driving or in front of computers or televisions. We put our clothes into washing machines, we shop on the internet. Our muscles weaken, our joints stiffen up.

To make things worse, we spend most of our time in artificial, man-made surroundings - in cities, offices, houses, inside four walls, largely if not wholly disconnected from nature. The air is stuffy, we do not feel the wind on our faces. We lose our alertness and aliveness.

When you you will benefit from:
  • being out in nature
  • moving at a natural pace
  • walking in a steady rhythm
  • being surrounded by beauty
  • breathing in the fresh air
  • being physically active
  • increasing your circulation
  • enjoying rest stops
  • experiencing the elements
  • escaping traffic & noise
  • ending the day feeling pleasantly tired and relaxed
Approaching Mountain Summit
Summit of Snowdon, Wale's Highest Mountain
View of Snowdon from NantGwynant

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. " ~John Burroughs


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