The Woman Who Goes for a Walk

Women who walk are women on the move, literally. They’re going places.

Where? Away. Away from stress, away from closets too full of the wrong clothes, away from mirrors, and away from old-fashioned ways of thinking and experiencing about themselves, their bodies, their lives.

They’re also going toward. Toward friendships, toward adventures, toward new ways of thinking about and experiencing themselves, their bodies, their lives.

When you’re walking, you’re not worried about whether your tummy is poking out. You’re breathing deeply, enjoying the scenery and your friends and your own strong body. You’re celebrating the simple joy of putting one foot in front of the other.

My latest book is called We Are All Athletes.

This is also true: We are all walkers. We are all naturally drawn toward adventure, exploration, investigation of what might be around the next bend. We’re drawn toward testing ourselves, seeing how far, how fast we can travel.

When we become daily walkers; we make a commitment to become the kind of person who goes places. This changes how we see ourselves, and how others see us. A walk is a journey. It’s an adventure.

The woman who goes for a walk is not the same person as the woman who returns home.


Mariah Burton Nelson
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
MNelson@aahperd.org

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