Walk the Walk

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
Thomas Jefferson

I’ve been walking for pleasure as well as exercise for so long that it has become ingrained in my psyche. Walking is just something I must do, a restlessness that has yet to abate. If I’m inside too long, I get what I call “inside head,” a fuzzy feeling, not a headache, but as if my head is stuffed with cotton. Only spending time outdoors cures this very uncomfortable feeling.

Why walk?

  • You only need a good pair of comfortable walking shoes, no other special equipment required.
  • You can do it anywhere, in your neighborhood, in the city, at a park, in a mall, on vacation.
Walking along Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington.

Walking along Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington.

  • You can walk alone or with a group.
  • It’s how to get to know a place really well; you see things when you walk that you miss when you’re in a car or on a bus.
Clear Creek State Park trails.

Clear Creek State Park trails.

  • You can incorporate it into your workday so you don’t have to take extra time to workout; I try to make time for at least two 15-minute walks. The city block around the Main Library in Oakland and the museums and Schenley Plaza is perfect for this goal. If it’s too cold, I walk up, down, and all around the eleven stacks in the library. On weekends, I try to walk for an hour or more.
Walking in Chatham Village, where I live, is like living in a park.

Walking in Chatham Village is like living in a park.

  • It’s a great way to connect with your partner or a friend; during the summer, evening walks after dinner are how my husband and I discuss our day–as well as help our digestion.

-Maria who, oddly enough, rarely uses a pedometer




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9 responses to “Walk the Walk

  1. Reblogged this on The HealthSpring and commented:
    Lovely and useful post. Great photos.

  2. Scott

    As a hiker, walking combines my love of nature with the beauty of serendipity. There is no better way to spend a day than discovering what might be around the next bend in the trail.


  3. lizzy

    Me too! Just about every weekend finds us in the woods. We have explored most trails that are about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh. Just visited Hell’s Hallow Falls this weekend.

  4. Thomas Muldowney

    I use walking as an effective way to clear my head.

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