I have let you know at least a couple of times that one of the things I enjoy the most about my RetCom (retirement community) is the three-quarter-mile walkway that runs along the perimeter of the property. One reason is that it gives me daily cardio-exercise. The other is that it gives me time to think, really think.
To go along with my new special project on the “Philosophy of Life”, I want to tell you why intelligent minds take their brains for long walks. Aristotle, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Albert Einstein, Friedrich Nietzsche and many others made time for long walks.
- Aristotle used to do some of his lectures while walking on the school grounds.
- Charles Dickens used to walk several miles after writing in the morning. (I, too, do that 🥴)
- Friedrich Nietzsche walked several times a day, and proclaimed that “all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”
- Einstein’s daily walks around the Princeton campus were legendary.
I can’t tell you how many times I have come up with my best post ideas while on my daily walks. The world just seems to stop spinning, and my mind sometimes even clears to only one topic that suddenly appears in front of me.
Researchers have discovered that long walks can have a positive impact on our mental health, as well as our physical health, and it is shown to increase our creativity by about 60%. For me, my daily walks allow me to more mindfully process information and ideas that suddenly become clear in my mind.
I will tell you that my daily cardio walks for the year+ that I have been here at my RetCom home have resulted in a significant increase in my wellness. Many of the aches and pains I used to feel are now almost gone.
When you make walking a daily habit, you are doing more for yourself than you ever imagined. It makes you healthier, more creative, and mindful of your place in the world. It might not be THE secret of life, but it is certainly one of the boosters.