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15 Oct

Why These Nine Famous Thinkers Walked So Much

WalkingA couple weeks back, I wrote about how integral walking is to being human. And over the years I’ve written about the health benefits of walking, how and why you should walk barefoot, and even a definitive guide on the subject. In other words, I’m a huge proponent of walking and I think just about everyone who’s able should do more of it. But I’m not the only one that finds daily walks critical to health, energy, mental clarity and, ultimately, at least in some part, my success as a human being. Many of the most accomplished and creative people throughout history have also found walking to be an integral part of their daily routines and key to their success as artists, creators, writers, musicians, thinkers, and human beings.

Let’s look at how some of these folks used walking to improve their work:

Aristotle

Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher, empiricist, and pupil to Plato, conducted his lectures while walking the grounds of his school in Athens. His followers (who quite literally followed him as he walked) were even known as the peripatetics – Greek for meandering or walking about. Ah, to witness one of history’s greatest minds utilizing the cognitive benefits of moving while thinking must have been incredible.

William Wordsworth

The poet with the most fitting surname ever, William Wordsworth walked nearly 175 thousand miles throughout his life while maintaining a prolific writing career. He managed these two seemingly opposing habits for two reasons. First, being shorter (but not necessarily easier) than novels, poems take less actual writing time to produce. Second, Wordsworth’s walking was writing, in a way. As he saw it, the act of walking was “indivisible” from the act of writing poetry. Both were rhythmic, both employed meter. He needed to walk in order to write.

Man, I feel like I’m in English lit class all over again.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, author, social commentator, walker? Yes. After writing from 9 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, he would go for a long walk. A 20- or 30-miler was routine for him. When Dickens couldn’t sleep at night – which was often – he’d crawl London’s streets until dawn. Dickens walked so much that his friends worried, figuring he had a mania for walking that bordered on pathology. But clearly, the walking worked; Dickens was prolific, writing more than a dozen major and well-regarded novels, several short story collections, a few plays, and even some non-fiction books.

According to the man himself, if he couldn’t walk “far and fast,” he would “explode and perish” from the psychological burden of remaining still. I bet a treadmill desk would have blown his mind (and brought us even more works). Actually, it might not have worked for him. The walking was so important for Dickens because it meant he wasn’t writing, the act of which he found quite miserable and difficult. Walking was relief. Without the walking, he’d probably have gone mad.

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau was a famous saunterer. In the aptly titled essay “Walking,” he comments on the etymology of the word “saunter,” noting that it comes from “the idle people who roved about the country… under the pretense of going à la Sainte Terre,” or the Holy Land. And for Thoreau, walking through nature was a kind of pilgrimage without a destination. His Holy Land was all around him. And as long as he walked, he kept discovering new temples, new places to worship.

John Muir

John Muir was a naturalist who helped preserve Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, and other wild areas from development and private interests. He wasn’t just “a” naturalist. He was the guy who climbed peaks to whoop and howl at vistas, chased waterfalls (take that, TLC), leapt “tirelessly from flower to flower,” and had an entire forest named after him. But here’s the thing about John Muir: he wasn’t whizzing around in his Prius with a “coexist” bumper sticker (nothing against either of those, by the way). He was walking, and hiking, and climbing, and traipsing through the wilds that he considered home.

It wasn’t just that walking inspired his nature writing. It’s that walking was often the only way to access the subject of his writing and passion. In that respect, walking was a utility for Muir.

Nassim Taleb

Taleb’s a contemporary writer, unlike most of these other famous walkers. You can find him trading jabs with critics on Twitter, probably in the last hour. He’s been writing about anti-fragility for many years, about how successful systems and economies and businesses must experience and be able to adequately respond to punctuated, not chronic, stresses and randomness to stay successful and robust. But it wasn’t until he started walking that he realized the same concepts applied to humans. We also need to face intermittent stressors to remain healthy, robust, and anti-fragile, and we require randomness and variation. So, for Taleb, that means some intense strength training every so often, a fair amount of relaxation, and lots and lots of aimless meandering as a foundation.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

I first read about Fermor almost a decade ago in a New Yorker piece describing him as a cross between Indiana Jones, Graham Greene, and James Bond. A British Special Operations officer, he fought in the Cretan resistance during World War 2, going undercover as a mountain shepherd and leading the successful capture of German commander General Heinrich Kreipe. But Fermor was also a serious walker. At the age of 18, after dropping out (or failing) of school and drifting somewhat aimlessly around London, he walked from western Holland clear to Istanbul over the course of a year and change. This walk transformed him from wayward youth to man, soldier, and eventual travel writer. Driving or taking the train wouldn’t have produced the same quality (man or writer), for walking allowed the total saturation of the senses and accumulation of detailed memories that informed his transformation and colored his writing.

Soren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard had two main pursuits: walking and writing. He wrote through the morning until noon, when he’d walk the streets of Copenhagen, mentally composing paragraphs and working through new ideas. After the walk, he was back to writing (at a standing desk, no less). The success of his thinking depended almost entirely on his walking (emphasis mine):

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.

That just might be the most useful, actionable piece of advice he ever wrote.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Famous composer Ludwig Van Beethoven typically worked from sun-up through mid afternoon, taking several breaks to “[run] out into the open” and work while walking. One biographer described these short walks as a bee swarming out to collect honey. And then, after a large midday meal, Beethoven would take a longer, more vigorous “promenade” lasting the rest of the afternoon. These walks happened regardless of the weather, for they were important for his creativity. He would carry a pen and sheets of music paper in case inspiration struck – which it often did.

As you can see, walking isn’t just putting one foot in front of the other. For some of the greatest minds in history, walking was a way to clear the brain, prevent mental breakdown, extend life, solve – or evade – problems, fully experience the world, beat insomnia, and find life purpose. If it worked for these guys, if it by many accounts made these guys, it’s probably worth a shot. Don’t you think?

Yeah, things are different. We can’t all stroll through a Viennese forest, traipse along the cobblestone streets of 19th century London, or hope to beat the Yosemite Valley crowds by a hundred years. You might have to settle for a suburban sidewalk after work, a trail along a city creek, a crowded hike on the weekend, or even a quick jaunt out of the office to the Starbucks across the street. And that’s fine. What matters is the walking.

I hope this resonates with you. All I know is I definitely feel the need to go for a walk.

Thanks for reading, everyone! How does walking figure into your life, your work, your productivity?

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  1. I’m a walker who should think more.

    Stevemid wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • I misread this at first 😉 honestly! I need to think less. Need a think transfer portal (or some better blood-sugar regulation). I am less likely to burn down a shed if I go for a long walk. More likely to send a snotty letter.

      Kit wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • Hey don’t forget my favorite, A Einstein. He attributed all of his most notorious ideas to his long walks in the wood with friends and colleagues. Great article, thanks for sharing.

      Melinda wrote on April 15th, 2016
    • I can’t walk much, no sidewalks, country roads, people drive too fast

      Shana wrote on April 30th, 2016
  2. It’s like an active form of meditation I would guess.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on October 15th, 2014
  3. I can’t find an online reference but I know Woody Allen would come up with many of his ideas during long walks around Manhattan.

    Nigel wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • Woody must have been walking through Chinatown when he decided to dump Mia for someone younger…

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  4. I love walking. As a very lazy person who abhors most kinds of exercise, my saving grace is a love of walking- only not on a treadmill, it has to be outdoors.
    I am lucky enough to live in the same city as Geoff Thompson- a modern day inspiration and thought leader who also loves to walk. Like Aristotle, he too,often conducts his talks and seminars whilst walking.
    How interesting to find out how deeply walking has inspired and contributed to the output of great minds! Thanks Mark.

    Susie wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • +1. I don’t consider myself a lazy person but I don’t like formal exercise programs. Like you, I enjoy walking outside. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. In fact, walking in bad weather can be part of the pleasure.

      Shary wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • Absolutely! In fact a walk in the rain is oftentimes more pleasurable than having the sun beat down upon you. Maybe that’s what I don’t like- formal exercise. I’ll have to think of other more natural and spontaneous forms of movement then…

        Susie wrote on October 15th, 2014
        • For me its snow, if it is snowing out I am outside walking around as much as possible. Also i just love walking with my camera , even if i dont get any shots it makes me “see” much better .

          Darren wrote on October 17th, 2014
  5. My neighbors call me The Barefoot Contessa because I’m always in the streets barefoot (usually chasing down cats), or out in the backyard (talking to neighbors over the fence). I find my best thinking happens when I’m bent over (such as loading the dishwasher, or scrubbing the tub–doing something mindless) or lying down, and I’ve chalked it up to brain circulation.

    Wenchypoo wrote on October 15th, 2014
  6. “The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” ~Thomas Jefferson

    Nika wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • That’s interesting. I don’t think that happens to me. Most of my walks (30 minutes at lunch) are very active in my mind. I work through work problems, plan dinner, think about my life and kids’ schedules. But I think it helps me “get it all out” so I don’t have to keep stewing.

      Marcia wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • Jefferson also states, in this same quote, to always have your gun with you when you walk. How Primal is that?! Exercise with an element of survival and sport!

      Chris wrote on October 15th, 2014
  7. I love the sensory experience of the walk, immersing myself in the sights and sounds around me. My husband and I were discussing this the other day. How much life and movement is missed around us because we were plugged in or just plain inattentive to it. We figured attentiveness came with age as we have started to enjoy watching the wonders of a rural Wisconsin night sky, all the various animals, plants, trees. In the young this attentiveness is often expressed through creativity.

    Judy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  8. “Never trust any thought you have while sitting down.”

    – Friedrich Nietzsche

    Sonoran Hotog wrote on October 15th, 2014
  9. Great post, but as is so often the case with these kinds of lists — no women.

    Emily wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • jinx!

      suzanne wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • Cheryl Strayed wrote that book, “Wild,” about her trek up the Pacific Crest Trail. (not comparing her to Aristotle, but just trying to think of women walkers)

        Monikat wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • Virginia Woolf walked a LOT, despite her image as a frail mentally ill invalid. She’d write in the morning, and in the afternoon would go for about a 7 mile walk, often accompanied by her dog. This is in the biography of her written by her nephew Quentin Bell.

      It is quite possible that her walking enabled her to relax from the intense mental activity of writing and/or allowed her to solve problems she might be having with something she was working on.

      Perhaps Virginia’s love of walking was genetic. Her father, Leslie Stephens, was a famed writer and editor, and also a very notable walker and mountain climber.

      Betsy wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • She also had a great love of solitude! A solitary wanderer.

        Unfortunately for us it seems she drove herself too far into that solitary mental state of ‘unbeing’- which, although a concept desireable from the Buddhist standpoint- led her to walk into the river, pockets filled with stones..

        Ashley wrote on May 6th, 2016
    • My thoughts exactly!

      Penelope wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • Dorothy Wordsworth, William’s sister, not nearly as famous as her brother, of course, was another female walker.

      elle s'ennuie wrote on October 16th, 2014
    • I see a lot of this – decidedly negative – pointing out of “missing” female references here and – of course – elsewhere in my reading. Has it ever occurred to anyone that most of this has to do with the sex of the writer, and NOT in a prejudice – and certainly not misogynist – way. Rather, simply, that either sex will more often have same-sex heroes and influences as is NATURAL for either sex due to the NATURAL desire to relate to said influence? For instance, the females here are the ones who can instantly recall women who walked. So are they all now fervent feminists and sexists because they have more knowledge of female historical figures? … Certainly not. I am absolutely positive that Mark doesn’t have a sexist, misogynist or prejudice bone in his body… so please, stop inferring that he does. In addition, SOCIETY has done a great job in slanting history toward being male-dominated and so we are exposed to more male figures anyway. Also, purely statistically there ARE more male figures to reference (even if it is because of the aforementioned slant). So again, how is this Mark’s fault, or even responsibility? I applaud you for being here and learning about health and for participating in the discussion. But I try hard to find positivity on the web and would love to continue to do so here on MDA. Let’s keep it positive folks.
      Grok on.

      keeping it real wrote on October 16th, 2014
      • … I see nothing ‘ decidedly negative’ about two people commenting / or proposing on the lack of noted famous women walkers. As a female, I didn’t even notice it in Mark’s post, because walking alone is pleasureable to me irregardless of whatever Greats might model the benefits of it… But, it raises a similar curiosity in me when I see others raise the question. No one is blaming anyone- as you say, it’s more an example of our male-dominated society/ history slanted towards male figures.

        For those out there curious about female walkers:
        Read Rebecca Solnit- such as a Field Guide to Getting Lost. She talks about Virginia Woolf in it; or, more aptly, Wanderlust: A History of Walking 😉

        Or the Zen Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Sfe, NM, Roshi Joan Halifax- she has a beautiful book/memoir discussing her own personal pilgrimmages in “Fruitful Darkness” which led her to Buddhism. She’s done wonderful chaplaincy work in caring for the dying; and runs an annual nomads medical clinic in high regions of Inner Dolpo, Nepal. A month long trip that averages 10 miles a day, at altitudes 15 to 18k. A wonderful New Yorker piece was recently written about the trip by Solnit.

        Ashley wrote on May 6th, 2016
    • Hey
      My grandma walked a lot. Not famous for many people, but famous for me!
      :-)

      wildgrok wrote on October 16th, 2014
  10. So funny, I’m usually the last person to think of something like this….but where are the women in the list? Just struck me as odd that there wasn’t even one. I’m not flaming for it, just tipping my head a bit! :) And yes, walking has been a literal life-saver for me. Even in the jungles of Brooklyn…

    suzanne wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • I think in previous generations, like when Beethoven was alive for instance, it was considered unseemly for a woman to walk alone. She required an escort, so the ability to walk and think without interruption was not allowed or even considered a necessity for a woman. Such a shame.

      Erin wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • I had the same thought, Suzanne. Did the men have time to write, think, and walk because someone was cooking their meals and doing their laundry? Clearly women are missing from that historical record.

      Rebecca wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • Not many women have time to walk for hours! Somebody’s got to watch the kids.

      Farzaneh wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • Ok, let’s not point out the lack of women in the list (which is unfortunate), then perpetuate stereotypes by blaming the lack on having to watch the kids while men are out walking.

        Neither is true – I’m sure, as others have pointed out, that there are plenty of women who could, and should, have been included in the examples.

        And many men watch the kids – I submit myself as an example, a single father who raised 4 kids, and often used walks or other physical activities as part of the process.

        John wrote on October 15th, 2014
        • I agree! Having kids is not an excuse for not exercising, especially walk. I walked all the time when my kids were little. No I wasn’t alone with my thoughts, they were strapped into a stroller, but they were for the most part doing their own thinking on walks. And pushing 30-40lbs of kids makes the walk that much more of a challenge.

          Cari wrote on October 16th, 2014
        • I don’t doubt that many modern men are like you, but you honestly think in the time of Socrates dads were taking their kids to the park??

          Farzaneh wrote on October 16th, 2014
        • Agree! Didn’t point it out to start a debate on how women “can’t” be out walking….just a shake of the head at yet another list of Greats that seems to exclude half the population (I just didn’t expect that here, it was a surprise).

          I think I brought it up as a gentle nudge to myself more than anyone. That there is greatness all around….we just live in a time when the ideas of some are valued more than those of others for completely surface reasons (in art, science, all of it – it’s a strange message). A reminder to ignore the “lists” and live our lives without that message ingrained.

          I am confident we will evolve…maybe not in my lifetime, but it will happen.

          suzanne wrote on October 16th, 2014
      • Take them with you!

        Lisaloo wrote on October 16th, 2014
  11. Don’t forget hitler’s walks in the alps.

    Dashui wrote on October 15th, 2014
  12. The perfect day for this post! Where I live, today’s forecast called for, “A Wall of Water” and I was basically hiding in the house. But now I’m inspired and braving the elements! Thanks, Mark!

    Monikat wrote on October 15th, 2014
  13. MR shows much different brain activity pattern after a physical activity as opposed to a resting state. It might be that they were so incredible and fruitful minds because of the incorporated regular activity and not vice versa.

    Sandy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  14. Really enjoyed reading this, cheers Mark.

    I feel so so much better when I’m walking far regularly. Hugely effective way to get out of a slump, yet i still don’t do it nearly enough!

    Mark wrote on October 15th, 2014
  15. Steve Jobs had a lot of walking meetings.

    Lars wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • I was just going to comment and say Steve Jobs was famous for his long walks too!

      Julien wrote on October 15th, 2014
  16. Great piece! I feel inspired to get out there rather than jump on the indoor trainer. Thanks

    Jena wrote on October 15th, 2014
  17. I’m not normally into literary works, but this post was interesting, Mark. And for some reason once I reached the end of reading the Beethoven section, I realized I had read it as Beeth-oven a la ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’

    Erin wrote on October 15th, 2014
  18. thanks for the collection of impressive figures who walked. and note: NONE of them walked with headphones and iPod!

    Bill wrote on October 15th, 2014
  19. Leo Tolstoy was also a walker. Every morning before writing he would go out and exercise and walk the grounds of his estate. Sometimes if he felt the need for exercise he would work in the fields.

    Rheesa wrote on October 15th, 2014
  20. Apparently walking was big with Socrates as well. I cannot remember where I read this, but he used to like to go running barefoot in snow drifts during winter time to stimulate himself.

    Tom Skarda wrote on October 15th, 2014
  21. I don’t walk nearly enough, this has been inspiring. Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous wrote about his own depression:

    “When I was tired and couldn’t concentrate, I used to fall back on an affirmation toward life that took the form of simple walking and deep breathing. I sometimes told myself that I couldn’t do even this – that I was too weak. But I learned that this was the point at which I could not give in without becoming still more depressed.
    So I would set myself a small stint. I would determine to walk a quarter of a mile. And I would concentrate by counting my breathing – say, six steps to each slow, inhalation and four to each exhalation. Having done the quarter-mile, I found that I could go on, maybe a half-mile more. Then another half-mile, and maybe another.
    This was encouraging. The false sense of physical weakness would leave me (this feeling being so characteristic of depressions). The walking and especially the breathing were powerful affirmations toward life and living and away from failure and death. The counting represented a minimum discipline in concentration, to get some rest from the wear and tear of fear and guilt.”

    Wendy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  22. Brilliant and validating article. Walking has always been meditative and calming yet still invigorating to me. After a brief stint with attempting to become a runner, I concluded that walking, while perhaps less glamorous than running, (no PRs and such) is infinitely more beneficial and pleasurable for me.

    Wendy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  23. You left out Charles Darwin who walked around his ‘Sandwalk’, five times, on a daily basis while he thought through his ideas on evolution and natural selection.

    DiscoveredJoys wrote on October 15th, 2014
  24. Charles Darwin (an important fellow who helped us understand much of what ‘paleo’ is about!) had a ‘Thinking path’ that he would walk circuits of. It’s still there if you ever visit Downe House – http://www.aboutdarwin.com/pictures/sandwalk/sandwalk.html

    Ian Bailey wrote on October 15th, 2014
  25. Nassim Taleb. Anyone who has not read or heard of him should run, not walk (pun intended), to his book ‘Antifragile’. He is definitely a Paleo/Primal thinker.

    Nocona wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • “Black Swan” is a good read too.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  26. Georgia O’Keeffe took walks to find inspiration for her art. Jane Austen and her sisters took long walks together and it gave her inspiration to write.

    Kathy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  27. Jesus took long, meditative walks, too.

    Brenda wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • The historicity of Jesus is still being researched, so historians don’t know that for sure. However, it is a nice possibility.

      Penelope wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • How could historians know anything for sure that’s from 2,000 years ago and based on textual evidence? The same goes for claims about Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, and on and on.

        As far as we have evidence for it, Jesus took long, meditative walks. There’s little reason to doubt the claim.

        ajb wrote on October 15th, 2014
        • Contrary to what you say, there is lot’s of reason to doubt that claim, as well as many (if not most) others about Jesus. The earliest writers (i.e. your textual evidence) not just peddling his formula for eternal life wrote almost 100 years after his death. Hardly a scenario to have confidence in what is known about him.

          John wrote on October 15th, 2014
        • @John,

          What reasons are there to doubt the claim that Jesus of Nazareth walked a lot? The consensus in historical scholarship on the subject is that there was a Jesus of Nazareth who taught in the area at that time. If he did, he almost certainly walked a lot.

          The earliest writings in the Christian canon probably were written in the AD 50s. That would put them about 25 years after the events. That’s like writing about something that occurred in 1990 nowadays. Not that long after.

          ajb wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • Everybody did a lot of walking in those days since there wasn’t much in the way of public transportation. Stands to reason that Jesus did too. Whether He meditated or not can be debated, but He definitely walked on most occasions if He wanted to get from Point A to Point B.

        Shary wrote on October 16th, 2014
      • Jesus walked all over. He also fasted and climbed mountains to be alone and talk to God. Get an ancient map and you can track where he walked and map the miles. I am not kidding. Four guys, a previous doctor, two previous fisherman, and a previous tax collector for Rome quit their jobs and walked with him. They recorded their walkings with Jesus.

        Lisaloo wrote on October 16th, 2014
        • He also enjoyed wild caught fish, and wine in moderation.

          Lisaloo wrote on October 16th, 2014
    • Either that or take a mule.

      Kit wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • + 1. As did all of his disciples!

      Beth wrote on October 15th, 2014
      • as he was surely a humble individual I would be he used public transportation as his primal means of locomotion

        Steve Scott wrote on October 16th, 2014
    • Phil Hartman played Jesus in a SNL skit where the apostles were trying to throw him a surprise birthday party and he kept guessing all his gifts correctly: “Great, another sandal repair kit”. Comic gold

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  28. Sigmund Freud was also known to take a walk every day after lunch.

    Violet wrote on October 15th, 2014
  29. Nietzsche and Kant were also known for their daily walks. But their routine was almost non-Primal, if we thinking of exercise as a hormetic stressor, because it was about maintaining absolute discipline. But, it can also be the very definition of a Primal lifestyle, because it was a daily low-intensity exercise, which supposedly aided their creative processes.

    Ben wrote on October 15th, 2014
  30. There is book on walking by Rebecca Solnit, named ‘Wanderlust. A history of walking’, which I found quite interesting

    Tanja wrote on October 15th, 2014
  31. I love walking, but I live in the “hood” and don’t feel safe walking (or riding a bike for that matter). Having to drive somewhere to walk kind of takes the spontaneity out of it.

    Nancy wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • I lived in a rough area for 6 years. Then we moved. Life is better when you can walk out your door for sure.

      Lisaloo wrote on October 16th, 2014
  32. I enjoyed this article so much!!

    Please Mark, check it out and please write about the sleep this big people had or left out, you will be surprised!!

    I research it for a while when I realized that all my best work for my university I could do it only in the night and thought if this was the way creativity works…I found some amazing insights!!! And while you are there you could also look at they diet…if you are not doing it already 😏

    Please do keep it up, thank you!!!

    Ionela wrote on October 15th, 2014
  33. As for women walkers, how about Jane Goodall? She trekked to places no one (in the western world) had gone before.

    Kim wrote on October 15th, 2014
  34. Immanuel Kant walked an hour every day. The people of the town said the walks were so regular you could set your clocks to them. Your article makes me think I should walk more.

    Hari wrote on October 15th, 2014
  35. As a former jogger, current walker, former creative writer I have to say one can never shut off the process. Ideas came whether I wanted them to or not while I was out doing my thing. My best ideas seemed to come when I was out doing my 6 mile thing on a track. The track/ trail is mindless…no curbs or traffic to worry about. Unfortunately when the mindlessness was over and I was back to reality the ideas were gone too😊 But they were great ideas. Now I just walk for the health of it.

    cate wrote on October 15th, 2014
  36. Just back from my Sisson-inspired walk. When way out there on the trail, the rain started. Pouring. Then huge lighting bolts and rolling thunderclaps. I was alone on the trail under huge trees, with periodic vistas of lightning bolts. The lightning was very frequent and loud and I became worried. I left the trail, hoping that lightning rods on houses would be safer. My shoes were sopping and the road flooded over and water was pouring toward me. At one point I was reminded of hiking Zion’s famous “Narrows” hike (this was sort of a suburban-version). Then I realized I was having a blast. A total blast! I passed another lone pedestrian, she with an umbrella but still sopping, and we both looked at each other and laughed.

    Monikat wrote on October 15th, 2014
  37. “walk it off” ..certainly has merit doesn’t it?!..

    Rob wrote on October 15th, 2014
  38. It does bother me walking in polluted London though, does the inhaling the pollution outweigh the walking benefits?

    Tracy wrote on October 15th, 2014
  39. Having a dog has made me a walker! Twice a day, rain or shine, Lucy and I walk along a lovely trail that’s only half a block from home. It’s a perfect way to relieve stress, enjoy Nature, meet other dog walkers, and have little adventures. I’ve been thinking of adding a third walk to our day… it’s so much better for me than sitting in front of my computer! And Lucy will never say no to a walk! LOL

    Andrea wrote on October 15th, 2014
    • +1

      Beth wrote on October 15th, 2014
  40. Love this article. One of my favorite people Thomas Jefferson emphasizes in many of his writing about the great benefits of walking. I have been getting off the bike more and more to walk in the hills that surround my home. I see so many more miracles of nature this way. Blessings

    Gary Simons wrote on October 15th, 2014

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