Short or long, urban or rural, come rain, hail, sleet or even, if you’re lucky, sunshine. Take exercise in the form your body evolved for, breathe more deeply, feel the breeze against your face, and let your worries ease as the rhythm of your walking soothes your mind.
Rebecca Solnit wrote a history of walking, called Wanderlust. In it she writes:
Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes a delicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. It is a bodily labor that produces but nothing but thoughts, experiences, arrivals… Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them. It leaves us free to think without being wholly lost in our thoughts…
So what are you waiting for? Open your front door, and go out into the world for a walk.