Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) – Danish philosopher and theologian
” Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being and 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, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be alright.”
Everyone who knows ALS tutor, Sarah, also knows that she’s passionate about the outdoors, walking, cycling, swimming and exercise in general. As well as sending us the above quote from Kierkgaard, Sarah also offers her own thoughts on the relationship between walking and well-being.
” There is something about the rhythm of walking that helps people feel good. Our bodies love rhythms – breathing, heart beating – and steady walking helps them become coordinated. The blood flows into all the nooks and crannies as you stroll along, the arms swing and the feet follow.
Feeling closer to nature and places helps improve mental health. If it is a regular route, you can see the seasons changing; fill your senses with autumn colours, smells and feelings. Take a photo along the way of your favourite moments, see dogs’ happy faces, feel the sense of peace and freedom that a walk brings.
Walking helps thoughts to be freer too, almost as if thoughts are released by the rhythmic paces and are able to breathe. Wordsworth was inspired by nature when he wandered like a cloud, but did you also know that Darwin did his best thinking on a daily stroll? He had a ‘thinking path’ through woods near his house. When he had a lot on his mind, he did more circuits.”
Sarah has also sent a link to a talk given by Ruby Wax about her mental health:
A big thanks to Sarah for sharing her thoughts with everyone.