On the road

Monday, 2 January, 2012

Along the road The New Year will be a year of walking. That’s the resolution here, anyway. “The most important lesson that walking teaches a writer is that, although there are certain duties that cannot be shirked, those duties are often not as difficult as they appear. Impossible-looking tasks can be carried out by breaking them down into small and practicable steps.” That’s what Christopher Caldwell wrote at the weekend in the Financial Times in a column titled “Go forth, open the mind and just walk“.

Quite a bit of research has been done on the neurochemical response to walking, and the potential of controlling mood through walking is the subject of much scientific debate. We still don’t understand all of the mechanisms involved, but it is a fact that different intensities of exercise create different chemical responses in the body. And it is beyond doubt that walking has a very positive effect on mood, which means that walking can create the mood you want. So, let’s get walking this year!

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” Søren Kierkegaard

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