Walk For Health Of Body And Mind

There is not a soul about on this cold early winter morning. The sea wind cuts into me at times pulling my breath from me. It seems to pull on my clothes from every direction and putting one foot in front of the other is difficult on the soft sand.

But I trudge on loving every step.

Loving the feeling, the invigorating air lifts my mood.

Life problems are suddenly blown away by the wind.

You start to be reminded that breathing and movement are far more important than bills and such. As I stride forward I have time to think with no distractions life is good, and everything I see is stunning like I have seen it for the first time. Even though I have walked this trail a thousand times.

I love the outdoors and when I was a kid growing up in Bridlington, I was on the beach every day – and I mean every day. It was as if it was my drug of choice, I needed that think time and rush of clean air to shoot through my body.

I walked, ran, and biked everywhere, and now today if I could get by without a car, I would. But I live in Leeds now and it would be impractical with my kids. That said, I still walk every day always looking for and striving to feel that clean air alive feeling I use to feel in Bridlington.

Every morning come rain or shine I have a coffee, give Daisy my dog a chew bar, and within minutes we are out of the door.

We have four routes we use and most of the time Daisy chooses.

The longest being an hour and fifteen, to a forty five minute short one. This is our main walk of the day and we do at least four others at fifteen minutes a pop throughout the day.

Daisy is the point of the walks, perhaps without her I would not walk as much, but I still would.

Like I said I love being outside, in fact I am writing this article sat outside.

I remember a few months back offering advice to a friend via email, who wanted to lose some weight.

Simplifying everything down to the basics, I said train hard three days a week, eat clean, and buy a dog.

Then you have to be out.

Myself, I would walk regardless, but many need a reason and a dog is as good as any. As the years have ticked on I have found walking more and more beneficial.

Other than a mind lift, here are the benefits I have found and embraced.

Outside

Health

In the day and age of everything being easy and soft, home ‘comforts’ – Wi-Fi, phones, and every family having more than one car. Pulling out the age card here I can remember many families not having cars when I was a kid. It was a luxury. Everybody walked and that coupled with basic eating in those days, home cooked meals and such, saw the average family leaner.

For me, I love the fresh clean air energising my body.

Back in the 1900’s the old body builders and strength athletes at the time use to say get outside and take in plenty of fresh air.

Lost in time is the importance of that. They had it right. It is simple get out in the fresh air and you will see for yourself how invigorated you will feel after a good walk.

Mobility

Being in my 50’s now and training hard my body in a morning is somewhat tight.

Sometimes I have a tightness in my lower back and just feel un-aligned. Within minutes of walking at a good clip I can feel my body mechanically clicking and flowing into place. Gods honest truth after a walk I feel loose, young, supple and agile.

Recovery

Hard training creates waste products in the tissues of the body. Walking flushes these waste products out of the body.

If those waste products are in the body you will ache. I generally aim for that ache every time, but also work on dispersing it, as the quicker you can clean out your system, the quicker you can recover and your body rebuild.

Simple

Walking flushes the whole body if you walk at a good clip. My walks are fast and at times include rough undulating paths or wooded areas, so I move like a human should and would have, thousands of years ago.

So I recover, feel younger and more mobile, therefore I can train harder and be stronger and look better in my 50’s.

Mind

Walking gives me some freedom and think time. It’s my time, just me and Daisy, she does not want for much so I’m alone with my thoughts and I can sort out my day before many are even up.

Many business ideas have hit me while walking. Many of life’s huge direction changes have come about because of TIME TO THINK.

All because I get up early and head out for a walk.

Life and changes can be made by something so simple.

Love to ya all

Ian x

2 replies
  1. peter yates
    peter yates says:

    HI IAN, HOW RIGHT YOU ARE. WALKING IS SUCH A NATURAL ACTIVITY AND PROVIDES SO MANY BENEFITS. I START AND END THE DAY WITH A GOOD LONG WALK WITH MY HUSKY NO MATTER THE WEATHER. THE DOG HELPS BUT LIKE YOU I WOULD BE OUT ANYWAY AS IT SUCH AN INGRAINED HABIT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.
    ALL THE BEST, PETER.

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  2. Ian Duckett
    Ian Duckett says:

    Hey Peter x
    Love your articles x
    I will post one today –and thank you –a brother in Iron you are mate x
    Ian

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