the therapeutic nature of walking

As I go to the salon, I am thinking of how silly it is to walk there for 20 minutes; I could instead take the car and drive.  The travel would only be 5 minutes or less by car.

But as I think about this,  I step on a bright red maple leaf that falls from the tree above me.  Looking down, I see more red leaves scattered about forming a beautiful autumn tapestry.

Therapeutic Nature of Walking

Now I am thinking… I would have missed this  experience had I taken the car.  And considering that I am probably going to shed a few hundred calories by walking, I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend these 20 minutes of my life.

Granted, doing this everyday is not always feasible. But I think we can all agree on this: opportunities to experience something magical, such as witnessing the beauty around us, is way too good of a human experience to ignore.

Walking back home from my appointment, I am realizing two things: the full therapeutic nature of walking, and how important it is for us solopreneurs to escape from our hole once in a while for a breath of fresh air.

Walking Therapy

Try it.

If my urging doesn’t convince you, maybe this quote will:

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche


Much have been said on the subject of walking in regards to its value on our health. But what about the effect it has on our productivity and clarity?

Years ago, I was working as a Director for a non-profit organization. I dealt with stressed-out executives on a daily basis. Whenever they came to see me about an “issue” that needed solving, I asked them to first go for a walk, then come back to see me afterwards. Other times, I took them for a walk myself before discussing anything stressful. This exercise proved very effective in my experience. One can gain clarity and new perspective from walking.

Beauty In Nature

Just be careful not to discuss “business” or “work” related issues during the walk.

Walk with pleasure.  Then you can talk business afterwards. You will find that you discover fresh ideas much more easily after a nice walk.

Now let me ask you: could you spend a few minutes in your day revamping your creative tank, while at the same time getting some fresh air?

Share your thoughts; I would love to know if you find daily walks helpful to you and your business.