|Taking in Mt-Tremblant by foot.|
Because it is a cardiovascular exercise, walking actually protects your heart. It helps with depression, improves self esteem and boosts the immune system. It increases your muscle strength, flexibility, coordination and alleviates low back pain.
It is a natural movement that relaxes you, thus, lowering anxiety and hypertension. Of course it can also help maintain a healthy body weight and it does wonders for bone density.
It costs nothing to perform, can be practiced almost anywhere and requires no equipment, memberships or fancy clothing. Just getting outside for an hour of brisk walking practically guarantees me a sound night's sleep.
Walking may be something of a lost art, awaiting rediscovery by those who, like myself, have done it all, and are still more interested in experiencing nature at the pace of a footfall rather than at the speed of a free-fall.