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Silent walking

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” ~Raymond Inmon

Hippocrates believed that walking is the “best medicine” — and those of us who make it a daily habit know there’s some truth in his prescription. After adopting Coco, Doug and I started walking nearly every day, even in cold winter weather. Coco loves a long stroll outdoors, and we’re motivated by her enthusiasm.

Best of all, a good walk outside puts us back in touch with nature, and can be transformative. But experts claim that we won’t get the full benefits unless we leave the chatter behind — and that includes headphones, EarPods, and gabby walking partners.

“Silent walking may combine the mental acuity benefits of walking with the neurological benefits of silence to turn into an all-around workout for the brain,” notes psychologist Mark Travers in Psychology Today. To read the full article, click here. Walk on! ~CL

Top photo: That’s Doug walking Coco on a snowy day in our neighborhood.

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.


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