Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "All that Glitters is Gold"
Poetics aside, walking is a wonderful way to strengthen your heart, give your energy a boost, and improve your mood.
- Be your own best friend. In other words, take it easy on yourself, especially when you’re just starting out. If the weather is too hot or cold, head to your local shopping mall for safe, indoors exercise (but leave your wallet at home!). Other alternatives include a treadmill at your local community center.
- Walking is a good way to beat stress and offers a good alternative to grabbing a pack of cigarettes when your world gets wild. Next time stress gets the best of you, take a 15 minute wander around your block. You might not feel the need to light up when you return.
- Smoking is hard on your health, and there’s no way around that. But the good news is that walking for 30 minutes or more still will help protect you from your risk of cancer, high cholesterol and heart attack.
- Some people enjoy walking more when they do it with friends. Invite a neighbor to explore an area park a couple of times a week, or contact your local community center to see if there are any walking groups that might work for you.