5 Inspiring, Wonderful Resources on the Simple Joy of Walking

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I recently wrote an article for About.com about the similar health benefits of crochet and walking. In that post, I shared some of my favorite resources about inspired walking. I thought I’d share those here as well, along with a couple of other related resources that I hadn’t mentioned yet.

  • Walk It Off: A Walker’s Rambles. This terrific blog has a lot of information and inspiration for all walkers including people who have never walked regularly before and want to try it out.
  • Walking in this World by Julia Cameron. This book, part of The Artist’s Way series, is a creativity exercise book that also encourages daily walking as part of a creativity plan. It has great tips and information for using movement-based creativity to improve your quality of life. I love the whole series and I was excited when Cameron added the element of walking to the other daily rituals she was already recommending (journaling, etc.)
  • On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by Andrea Horowitz. In this book the author takes a simple short walk with experts in different fields and discovers that each person sees different things in the world. It’s an inspiring guide for walking and I found that it also gave me a new perspective that infused creativity into my craft work and writing.
  • The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White. This is one of the first books I ever read about walking and it revitalized my own interest in this simple exercise. It’s a book about Paris, a book about the history of wandering, a book about the magic of walking through the world.
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit. I’ve fallen in love with author Solnit in recent years. The first book of hers that I read was the one about San Francisco, which someone had given to my beaux as a gift and he had lent to me. I also read Paradise in Hell, her book about how we thrive in big disasters. And I’m currently reading The Faraway Nearby, a memoir about memory and stories. Wanderlust is her book about walking, about all of the different ways we walk and the stories of walking that are intertwined through time and her own experience of walking in my own San Francisco Bay Area.

Where was the last place that you walked? What did you discover?

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jdwln320
jdwln320

kathryn,

another great, inspiring article.  no surprise.  you and i see the world in very similar ways.  i have not read rebecca solnit and will put this book on request at my library right away.

i like the idea of walking with experts in various fields to learn how they see the world.  i must do this, in a way, with my husband.  we both enjoy the art museum but he wants all the pics to be like photographs.  i like those but i also appreciate all forms of canvas art, especially the cubists and the impressionists.  my husband just doesn't 'get' those artists, but he's willing to look.  the art museum is another great place for a walk, albeit a stroll, on bad weather days.

this also reminded me of how i love to see the world thru the eyes of a child.  i have no grandchildren yet, but i have plenty of little friends at the park.  my dog and i attract their attention.  i get a glimpse, for a few moments, of what the tots see - sort of a dogs height view of the world - and it's wonderful.  i'm getting a nice stroller when one of my kids has a kid so i can encourage walking very early.

thanks for your continuing inspiration on all fronts.

jd in st louis

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@jdwln320 Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I do think that we see the world in many of the same ways and I feel so lucky that we have gotten to know each other through the Internet over the years!