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5. Walk for productivity

Sometimes I’ll arrange a coaching call with a client who has also committed to walk and talk. I am also productive when I walk, and sometimes dictate brainstorming ideas, or even a new article, into my phone’s voice recorder. When I come home, I have something I can cross off my to-do list, in addition to that day’s walk.

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These are trying times. The global pandemic has robbed so many of us of so much, and yet, most of us can still find perspective in the struggle. On days when I need some perspective, I’ll stroll while looking at the sun, the trees, or the water.

Those views remind me to reflect on the expanse of the universe, to appreciate the beauty of nature, and prompt me to consider how much world there still is for me to explore (when it’s safe to do so).

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In his New Yorker article, “Why Walking Helps Us Think ,” journalist Ferris Jabr writes that when we go for a walk, we perform better on tests of memory  and attention ; our brain cells build new connections , staving off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age.

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As much as I like to clear my mind, I also like to fill it with new and useful information. I might walk while listening to a podcast or an audio book, or even the recording of a webinar I signed up for but wasn’t able to attend. Or I might take some photos with my phone of a tree or an animal I can’t identify and look it up when I get home.

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As someone who has experienced both chronic and acute back pain, I often walk with a focus on how lucky I feel to be able to walk — and the relief of being pain-free. Or that I have a clean, hot shower waiting for me at the end of my walk. Or I might even focus on the gift of being alive right now, when so many have died.

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For those of us who can walk, we know that we can walk for exercise and for transportation. And here are five additional ways to walk with purpose:

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While you can walk alone, you don’t have to. And these days, walking is one of the safer activities available to us. Invite a friend or family member to join you — in person when it’s doable, safe, and responsible — and over the phone when it isn’t.

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