I have walked forever: when I was a child my spring task was to walk down and check on the calving cows. Dad wanted to know how many, the gender of the calves and any problems. After High School in my university years and in the period between my undergraduate degree and my post graduated degrees I was a member of a tramping club. Now I walk at lunch time and, Helena and I walk Bart our dog. Helena and I have been walking together since we met.
I hadn’t realized how much walking has been my life. Certainly when I want to clear my head and think; I go for a walk. I love walking. It’s a huge part of my life.
My experience is not unusual, it would seem.
Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling