These boots were made for walking – it’s a basic human movement and we’re doing it all the time. We spend time walking in the city, supermarket, office and home. But how much more beneficial could it be, if it was an on-purpose walk?
If we don’t have our health, we don’t have much, therefore keeping active is a must for our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. If we don’t use it, we will lose it! Yes, our mobility will diminish the less we use it and as we age this must be a consideration. Any movement is beneficial to our bones, organs, blood and brain. Walking increases our circulation, is weight bearing because we hold our body up increasing bone density, muscle tone and can shed excess weight. It improves posture, breathing and mindset.
Getting out and about in nature is a perfect way to cleanse our mind. Walking allows reflection time, challenges us and clears thoughts all in one easy walking activity. Being outdoors gives us views, fresh air, beautiful nature sounds, it could be described as a ‘moving retreat’.
Hiking through a natural environment nurtures our being-ness, it’s peaceful and brings perspective. Research shows people spending more time in nature and less time with technology, are up to 50 per cent more creative when it comes to problem-solving. Successful and happy people say, “being in the moment” has got them here. Being present enables us to enjoy life, and bush walking ticks all the boxes, allowing us to be free from the stresses of everything. We can
meditate whilst moving and being fully present and alone is our best present to ourselves, it’s magical, healing and freeing.
Australia offers many stunning places to hike, from mountains, thick forests, dry dirt tracks, ridge lines and gully’s with flowing rivers; all offering real Aussie bush to fully immerse ourselves. Problems become much smaller, calmness is everywhere, and mother nature is pure. The peacefulness of the bush and the sensory stimulation impacts our mind, automatically releasing any stress we’ve dragged along. The brain releases four main feel good chemicals, endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, the more we have of these feel good chemicals the healthier we are. Studies even suggest, outdoor walks can reduce depression and anxiety. Make a date with Mother Nature’s magic!
Giving ourself space is important and making this connection whether wandering, meandering, strolling or walking with speed it’s our time to reflect and soak up the benefits. Walking at any pace will massage our physical, mental, and emotional states. Regular hikers praise the benefits of deeper level thinking when out in nature. Many thoughts are able to download from our overactive minds when hiking, from crazy small thoughts to epiphanies, all to be enjoyed whilst becoming more grounded with mother nature.
Adventures are also great to share with a friend/s because it helps deepen relationships. Plenty of time is available to chat, have fun, help each other, debate, develop and be ourselves. With walking adventures comes excitement of exploring new places, extending to longer walks, more challenging walks or re-visiting the beauty and changes to a path walked before.
Intrigue awaits, because it is all about the journey. In short, hiking is an exercise of our freedom, to be at one and connected with nature, to nurture ourselves and take care of our soul. When walking from this space it opens up an intimate conversation within and we learn more about ourself.
Top tips for a great bush walk
- Start small. Make walks fun and stretch out longer each time.
- Pack lightly to enable freedom and flexibility.
- A heavy pack is no fun! Eat well before. Take healthy nibbles and energy food. Have keys, a bit of cash, and a small medical kit with a thermal blanket because you never know.
- Take a phone (know the emergency number if there is no signal), follow the signs, stay on the track and have a map if it’s unmarked.
- Have sunscreen, waterproof, warm jumper and a hat.
- Water is essential. Remember, it’s heavy, so calculate how long you will be out.
- Join a club. Learn about the area and meet likeminded walkers.
- Always tell someone where we’re going and expected return time.
“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” ~ MARY DAVIS
Debbie invites you to join her in walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, August 17-27, 2019. You will be guided by an experienced Australian leader with comprehensive local knowledge and unwavering passion for the Kokoda history and most importantly its legacy.
For more, phone Debbie on 0412 579 064 or visit www.ourspirit.com.au.