The Hidden Benefits of Walking

Reading a friend’s blog post gave me the idea of writing about my own daily walk.

In July I made a vow to get up earlier and walk before work. This was difficult, because I had finally earned an extra hour of sleep now that my daughter had finished high school and I no longer had to make sure she didn’t sleep through her alarm.

I woke at 6 am, sometimes 6:15, but I walked for 45 minutes. Summer mornings in Florida are the only time to walk. The humidity is as low as the sun on the horizon.

I walked out of my neighborhood, past the elementary school, circled around the short block beyond the apartment complex and headed back. I always stopped near the school and took a picture of the sky- the sun was just lifting above the roofline of the school.

As August ended and September began, I noticed it was a bit darker at 6:00 am. I adjusted my route and worried about walking the dark streets. I walked fast and I stayed tense and alert. Then one morning I looked up.

The sky was a clear, deep velvet black filled with bright stars. I just stopped and stared.

I began to look forward to dark morning walks under the stars, looking for the Dipper. I named the shades of blue that appeared as dawn lightened the sky. In the east, scarlet and pink clouds appeared, the sun rising as I took the final steps towards home.

I walk for my physical health, but the hidden benefit is how the beauty of the changing sky reminded me to be present, to take time to admire the stars.



One thought on “The Hidden Benefits of Walking

  1. What a beautiful post. Walking does clear the mind and, especially first thing in the morning, helps start the day on an invigorating note. On the subject of walking, may I recommend the book by Rory Stewart ‘The Places In Between’?

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