Healthcare professionals and specialists have always professed the innumerable benefits of walking-a seemingly humdrum and low-profile physical activity that rarely attracts celebrity endorsing. Yet, the overriding benefits you derive from walking on an everyday basis keep you in the pink of health, from the perspective of your wellbeing. Most of us live incredibly busy and hectic lives that leave us with very little spare time to go to a gym or a health club for keeping ourselves fit and healthy.
Health Benefits of Walking
However, eking out just half an hour from your daily work schedule for walking will boost up your muscle prowess, build endurance, help in melting excessive fat, and ameliorate cardiovascular health. Moreover, going out for regular walks also reduces and/or delays the risks of developing osteoporosis, heart disease, suffering strokes, and type 2 diabetes. The best part of this form of physical activity is that you don’t need to buy any specialized equipment or take out a gym membership. You only need to invest in a good pair of shoes and a tracksuit that will remain serviceable for years.
The Emotional and/or Spiritual Aspects Related to Walking
Nevertheless, apart from healthy living, there’s another aspect linked to/with walking that offers you temporary relief from the debilitating stress of a mechanical urban life. Walking offers you the opportunity to relax and ease down, and look back in retrospection as well as reclaim your life that may have been spiraling beyond your control. Walking gives you the chance to be grateful for whatever you’ve received in your life so far and also the occasion to review your achievements and failures.
How Walking Can Lead to Spiritual Fulfillment and Upliftment
You may have everything in your life that you had cherished for-a lucrative job, a faithful wife, doting children and a well-furnished home of your own. In your relentless pursuit to attain an exalted position in life, and to have all the material comforts, it is likely that you may lose touch with yourself in the long run. It is only when you take time out for yourself and probe deep within yourself in solitude, do you realize that in your persistent and dogged rat race to accomplish success, you’ve unwittingly created a wide between you and your inner self.
When you contemplate on what you’ve made of your life, it starts slowly and gradually dawning on you that you’ve not been able to make the most out of your leisure time. The fact that you’ve not been able to devote sufficient time to your family and to yourself weighs you down. So, how’d you wish to reset the circadian clock and take life as it comes? How do you think you can reconnect with a transcendental realm without getting too involved in the temporal world?
Of course, one superlative way of trying to comprehend spirituality or trying to understand the workings of the immense and infinite universe around us is through walking. Since the physical body is inextricably connected to the psyche, any corporeal displacement or movement is bound to move and nurture the mind. Walking is like practicing yoga in motion that can go a long way in maintaining your health. At the same time, integrating walking into your daily life as a prelude to meditation will not only promote healthy living but also bring you closer to the omnipotent authority in the universe.
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