- It is a great form of exercise. I love exercising and working out. Walking around town helps me to get just a bit more, which is nice since otherwise I'm pretty much sitting all day. In fact when I went through my big weight loss a few years ago, most of the exercise that I did was just walking to and from campus everyday up that monster hill. Now I love the extra exercise I get, and I love the extra burn which I get from carrying some groceries with me. If you are in need of a good leg workout, try walking 2.5 miles carrying 40 pounds of produce on your back and in your hands. That will work everything, and your calves may literally explode. It hurts in such a good way.
- It saves me money. No car payments, insurance, etc.
- I get to observe the world. I am a self-diagnosed people watcher. I just love observing people and the world around me. When I walk, I get more time to make observations that just can't be made whilst riding/driving a car.
- I get to be alone with my own thoughts. I especially enjoy walking alone in the dark, and I know that my mother just freaked out. As I mentioned in one of my last posts, I am introverted, and I enjoy being alone sometimes. Walking allows me that time. At the same time, all exercise is a great brain stimulant which increases productivity and thought process. I often have many of my best thoughts while I am walking. I think about life, the Gospel, whatever is on my mind. I have some extremely spiritual experiences while walking.
There are obviously some drawbacks to not having access to a car. It's often a pain for family when there is an event going which I must get to, and get back from. There are times when I need to be in another city that is far away that makes it tricky to get to. It can be pretty annoying to walk to the grocery store in the middle of a blizzard. But overall, I just love walking everywhere. I honestly believe that if we would walk more as a society, many of the problems which we face would go away. The air would be cleaner, gas would be cheaper, etc. I will often accept rides if they are offered to me, or I will ask for a ride if an event is just too far for me to get to on time. But if you ever offer me a ride, and I decline just know that I'm crazy and probably just want to be left to my own thoughts for awhile.