Hi Friends, thrilled to share another book excerpt with you!
Today's post is all about one of my favorite things — walking. How boring you think? No!
Walking is super efficient for your busy life. It's movement and relaxation, all wrapped up in one. Plus, we all need a bit more nature in our lives, right?
As I always tell my clients, "When in doubt, go for a walk."
You'll feel better.
PS: Make sure you'e on the list to pre-order your book by signing up here! Thank you for your support!
Book EXCERPT WAY #43 "SOLO Walk and Thinks"
“Solvitur ambulando” is a Latin term which translates as “it is solved by walking.”
Walking helps you examine your feelings and understand the deep wisdom of what your body and mind is trying to tell you.
Have a problem you can’t logically solve? Go for a walk. Feel off and can’t figure out what’s bugging you? Go for a walk. Feel depleted and stuck creatively? Go for walk.
Walking and thinking is the perfect combination. Yes, even extroverts need time alone to think! And to my introverts out there, I can tell you’re already on board with this one!
When I first started going on long walks around age 26, I cared about what people thought. As a post-collegiate varsity cross country runner, I pondered, would they think I went for a run and got so tired I had to start walking? That would be so embarrassing!
My younger self planned my “walking outfits” very carefully to make sure it didn’t look like I was going for a run, but was still comfortable enough to stride at a brisk pace. Remember those bell bottom Lululemon black pants? Those were the best. Add on an athletic windbreaker or light jacket, a puffy vest, my Middlebury baseball cap, aviator sunglasses and Apple earbuds and I was ready for my walk.
Nowadays, I couldn’t care less about what people think of my walking outfit. I’ll throw on leggings, a sweatshirt, no bra, my eskimo parka, a hat and sneakers and get out for a 30 minute walk most days of the week.
>>> TYPES OF LONG WALKS
I have a few types of long walks that I absolutely love. Which ones am I missing? Feel free to mark this one up, circle your favorites and jot down your notes in the margins.
1. Podcast walks.
There’s so much good content out there these days that you should probably stop reading this book, go for a walk and listen to a podcast. #JustSaying.
2. Tech detox walks.
Leave your phone at home, throw on an old fashioned watch if you need to keep track of the time, and get out the door.
3. Kombucha walks.
Put $5 in your pocket and walk 10-15 minutes to a place that sells kombucha. At only 60 calories and 4g of sugar per bottle, Kombucha is a caffeine-free way to get a fun kick to your afternoon and a brisk walk into your day. Sip or chug it on your way home.
4. Walking meditation.
Walking is a proven meditative activity, and meditating on the move is a particularly efficient way to de-stress.
5. Walking the dog.
Use your puppy as a built-in excuse to get outside. Don’t have a dog? Take yourself on a walk. You need it just as much as Fido.
6. Fake errands.
Take a 10-minute walk to go pick up some of that dental floss you keep forgetting to buy. Or go restock your soap supply. Whatever it is, it’s getting you outside and linking your walk with a sense of purpose and reward.
7. Friend “walks and talks.”
Feel the urge to gab and want a friend to convince you to head outdoors? Go for it! Ask a colleague or bud to come along for a walk-and-talk, which you’re now all-too familiar with!
8. Business walks.
I’m my own boss, so I often take myself on a “business meeting” walk to think through the complexities of my business, deconstruct a client issue or strategize for the future.
9. Creative walks.
Got writer's block? Can’t get that design looking quite right? Not sure what to say at your next sales presentation? Go for a walk and let the answer come to you.
Now that’s “solvitur ambulando.”