From time to time I'll read other blogs and recently, an article over at Fast Company caught my eye. It's about how taking a nightly walk is a healthy habit, both physically and emotionally. This idea in particular piqued my interest because I've also recently discovered this stress-busting, life-affirming practice and I highly recommend it.
Without planning it, or really talking about it much, my boyfriend and I have fallen into a routine of walking our dog together every night. When we get home from work, we grab our beagle and head out for a stroll. We usually spend just 20 minutes or so, but it almost always completely undoes the stress of the day. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we just walk but it's always just...nice.
In How a Nightly Walk Can Change Your Life, power couple the Becks say the same thing. They've been doing this for 15 years and attribute much of their business and relationship success to this easy ritual. While walking, they have time to act as sounding boards for each other, thus strengthening their relationship; they've had ideas for evolving their business while walking by other high-powered companies and they get to squeeze in some exercise to boot.
It occurs to me that I, too, tend to find inspiration during my walks. It's a time to relax and stop thinking, but that's exactly what allows room for new ideas or solutions to bubble to the surface. A more popular version of this concept is what I like to call the shower lightbulb —a flash of genius that comes while you're distracted by a mundane activity like taking a shower. Something about a little physical activity plus some mild distraction is the perfect recipe for great ideas.
Try it! You have nothing to lose and physical and emotional health to gain.
More at Fast Company.