Hippocrates stated that it is man’s best medicine.

Thoreau said he could not stay healthy unless he did it for at least four hours every day.

Nietzsche pronounced that all great thoughts were conceived while doing it.

Mainstream culture is referring to it as ‘movement superfood.’

Walking.

When was the last time you took a walk? I mean a real walk. Not a walk on a treadmill. Not a tromp from your car into the grocery store. Not a quick jog around the block to let the dog do her business. I speak of the kind of walk where you feel the blood swell up in your hands because you have been out for so long. The kind of walk where there is no destination, only the sights and sounds of the journey at hand. The kind of walk that gets you in touch with your physical being; you feel your feet rolling through each step, you feel the muscles in your hips contract to propel yourself forwards, you feel the suave sway of your shoulders as you ambulate, and the subtle changes in your breath that coincide with the changes in terrain.

Take one as soon as you can. Be sure to appreciate it. Your ability to walk is a gift; maximize your ability while you can. Walking is one of the best modes of movement that helps one get in touch with their body, build vitality of the physical system, and promote a calm mind.

Take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds of Galloway Ridge. Feel your body and observe your surroundings. Enjoy the flora and fauna that mingle around the pond. Stop and admire the colorful garden. Smile and wave to your friendly neighbors as you saunter through the Villas. Consider the thoughtful words of John Muir, “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

By Jared Rogers
Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer
Duke Center For Living at Fearrington