Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my walks, particularly hiking. It’s an ongoing joke that whether I am visiting you, or you are visiting me, I will ask you to go for one, so be ready. I make it a point to go outside every single day, and the other day I asked myself, why? So I thought I would compile my top 5 reasons why I walk everyday to hopefully inspire you to get outside, or continue enjoying the outdoors.
Taking care of my mind.
Spending time outdoors, enjoying the fresh air, and taking in the beauty of nature is a great way for me to distress, grab inspiration, and clear my mind. Often I’ll turn my phone to airplane mode, download my favourite podcast (currently: The Garyvee Audio Experience), and adventure down my favourite trail.
Taking care of my body.
Getting outside for a walk every morning helps my body get ready for the day. Some days I walk faster to work up a sweat, and others I’ll walk slower and farther to really help stretch my legs. Hiking is a particular favourite because of the different terrain, and often I’ll find myself climbing up hills and rocks which is a great workout for the legs.
On my days off I make a point to try a new trail, I love when they lead to waterfalls, or a lookout point. I use TripAdvisor to search for the city, and hiking, and read through the reviews until I pick a place. The other day I was hesitant to try a new trail because of how close it was to the highway, but decided to explore it anyways. To my surprise it led to the most beautiful waterfall (here) that I didn’t even know existed, and it was a great way to cool off after a long hike.
I am definitely an introvert who enjoys being alone. My best ideas come when I am enjoying the outdoors and walking, it’s almost as though I take this time to have meetings with myself. A quick 20 minute walk at lunch allows me to energize, reset, and sets me up for a productive afternoon.
When I have a particularly busy day packed full of meetings, and deadlines, I find making time to walk allows me to take complete control of part of my day. I allow myself to disconnect from technology, and take time and be grateful for what’s around me. Not to mention most of the people I come across on my walks have dogs, which always boosts my mood.
I’d love if you left a comment letting me know why you walk every day, and your favourite place you have ever hiked, and what podcast you’re listening to.