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Monday 19 May 2014
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In the UK, May is National Walking Month.
Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, trams, and trains all beckon.
Instead, walking for any distance is usually a planned leisure activity. Or a health aid. Something to help people lose weight. Or keep their fitness. But there's something else people get from choosing to walk. A place to think.
"There is something about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking that goes together. Walking requires a certain amount of attention but it leaves great parts of the time open to thinking. I do believe once you get the blood flowing through the brain it does start working more creatively," says Geoff Nicholson, author of The Lost Art of Walking.
He says that our senses are sharpened and it is also a great form of problem solving."I'm far more likely to find a solution by going for a walk than sitting at my desk and 'thinking'."
People should go out and walk free of distractions, says Nicholson. "I do think there is something about walking mindfully. To actually be there and be in the moment and concentrate on what you are doing."
To enhance your walking pleasure, follow these tips:
Walk further and with no fixed route
Stop texting and mapping
Don't soundtrack your walks
Find walkable places
Original source: BBC News.