Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Walking on Sunshine

It's dull and dreary out there, I'm wrestling with pages of notes for an essay, an entry for a script competition for the She Who Dares TV idea, the never-ending novel, tottering piles of text books and blurry eyes from screen glare. Time to get outside and remind myself of what it's all about. Here's an extract from the now published - She Who Dares book (available on Amazon) - perfect idea for a christmas present?

“The ground was hard, the air was still, my road was lonely: I walked fast till I got warm, and then I walked slowly to enjoy and analyse the species of pleasure brooding for me in the hour and situation” Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte.

Jane may have been in need of a She Who Dares walk. A fast pace when needed for fitness and speed, a rambling pace all other times, enabling the flow of conversation between company. Walking solo may be a salve for the soul and an inspiration for the mind, but sometimes a body craves company, and these days few women feel comfortable striding out alone. Our group walks provide a chance to have a proper chat without the fear factor that can accompany some of our sessions. Not many of us fall into long discussions when we’re grappling with a mainsail, or hanging off a cliff. As Mark Twain put it:

“The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.”

Walking is a rest for the soul and exercise for the body. Strolling slows down the pace of our frenetic lives and shows us the world as it once was, as it really is. You wouldn’t notice the frosted spiders webs festooning trees on a cold morning, the snail trail or a resting butterfly, hidden within the petals of a dancing flower when you are cooped up in a car, or even flashing past on a bike. In a country where over twenty four per cent of adults and rising are obese, walking is the perfect way to mobilize and increase fitness, for all ages and abilities.

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-three today and we don’t know where the hell she is.” Ellen DeGeneres