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10 Important Benefits of Walking in Nature

Updated on September 28, 2016
Walking, a path to your heart
Walking, a path to your heart | Source

We all know that walking is great physical exercise. But did you also know there are other important benefits that walking offers besides the physical? The other benefits include: Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Inspirational, Natural Beauty, Improved Self-Discipline, Positive Outlook, Multi-Sensory Experience, and No or Low Cost Fees.

There is more to walking than traveling from Point A to Point B.

Walking can be a magical, therapeutic, and connecting experience. Imagine taking a peaceful serene walk in which beautiful trees, plants, and flowers fill the landscape. In the trees, you can hear the pleasing sounds of birds singing. There is a soft gentle wind that caresses your face. You can smell the refreshing sweet scent of orange blossoms in the air.

So, if you are ready, come walk with me and let’s explore the wonderful benefits of walking in Nature.

Physical Benefits

The most obvious benefit that walking offers is that it is good for the body. It strengthens the heart and muscles, as well as lubricates the joints. Walking also helps the body produce endorphins. These are natural pain killers. In addition, walking strengthens our immune system.

To get the maximum benefit from walking, search for areas in which there are hills. This will really strengthen your heart. It will also give your legs a great workout!

Mental Benefits

Perhaps you have a lot on your mind, or you are being plagued by consistent mind chatter. Walking is an excellent tool for calming the mind, restoring balance, and adding more clarity into our lives.

Amazingly, as you begin to walk and take in the beautiful scenery that is all around you, your mind begins to relax and let go of all the mind chatter.

Breathe in the beauty of Nature
Breathe in the beauty of Nature | Source

Emotional Benefits

Walking does wonders for calming the emotions. If you are stressed, feeling upset, or worried, walking can greatly ease the discomfort. In addition, the beautiful scenery, the pleasing aroma of the plants and flowers, and the soothing bird songs can soothe the emotional storms. And if you need a hug, wrap your arms around a tree. You will feel gentle love wash over you.

For an added bonus: As you walk, breathe in Nature’s peace, tranquility, and love. Then, breathe out the stress, worry, discomfort, or any negative emotion you may be experiencing.


Spiritual Benefits

It may come as a surprise to you, but walking offers us wonderful spiritual benefits. Walking in Nature connects us to ourselves, each other, and to the Divine. And when we are connected, we can’t help but shine our light onto the world.

Don’t forget to smell the roses! I mean that literally.

As you admire that beautiful flower, remember, it is a reminder of the beauty within you. You are a Beautiful Being of Love.

Walking, if done with mindfulness, is a beautiful form of meditation.

Inspirational

As you walk and take in Nature’s magnificence, you can’t help but feel inspired. You may feel inspired to write a poem, take a yoga class, or even start up a community garden in your city or town.

The word “inspiration” is amazing. It literally means “in spirit” or “spirit within.” In other words, when you are inspired you are connecting yourself to the Infinite.

Walking in Nature is a transformational experience
Walking in Nature is a transformational experience | Source

Natural Beauty

Taking a nice walk in nature is not only pleasing to the eye, but every plant, flower, and tree is unique and beautiful in its own way. Nature reminds us that we all have beautiful gifts to share with the world.

Give thanks to this wonderful teacher of love.

As you walk through Nature’s magnificence, breathe in her beauty. You are experiencing living artwork at its finest!


Self-Discipline

A daily walk not only makes you feel good on the mind, body, and soul level, but it can also help you accomplish your goals.

The secret is to make walking a daily activity. Once this is accomplished, walking becomes an extension of you. You, now, have proven that you can make things happen.

Nature Meditation

Positive Outlook

As you walk and take in Nature’s beauty, magnificence, and love, you begin to see the world through the eyes of appreciation. You feel alive when you walk through Nature. You see the “silver lining” in things.

Now imagine that you are holding a tiny acorn in your hand and admiring the extraordinary oak tree in front of you. The acorn is a beautiful reminder that we all have the potential for greatness.

Each and everyone of us can make a difference in this world!

Multi-Sensory

Walking on a treadmill is not the same experience as taking a walk in Nature. A walk in Nature is a multi-sensory experience.

With your eyes, you take in the beautiful scenery. Your ears capture the beautiful songs of the birds. Your nose takes in the sweet soothing scent of jasmine. With your hand, you touch the bark of the pine tree. Then you decide to take a seat against the pine tree and pull out a delicious apple out of your knapsack. You bite into the apple and savor Nature’s sweetness.

Labyrinth Guided Meditation

No Cost or Low Cost Fees

If you are fortunate, you may live in an area where there is an abundance of plants, flowers, and trees and it will cost you nothing to walk through Nature’s beauty. If you are individual that lives in the city, do not feel like you are missing out. There are gems waiting to be found.

You may also want to check out botanical gardens, parks, and local hiking trails. If you have to spend a few bucks, it will be well worth it. The benefits you receive from a walk in nature far exceeds the cost of the ticket.

A Beautiful Gift

As you can now see, walking offers us more than physical exercise. Walking in Nature is a beautiful gift. It calms our mind and emotions, connects us, inspires us, heals us, and transforms our lives. Walking shifts our outlook on life. We no longer see the glass as half empty. We see a world of infinite possibilities where the sky is not the limit.

Nature's Mantra

I breathe in Nature's love and warmth and breathe out negativity and all that doesn't serve me.


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    • D Shannahan profile image

      D Shannahan 

      21 months ago from Everywhere Man!

      love this

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      Dianna Mendez 

      22 months ago

      We love to take walks outdoors for the very reasons you mention here, it is a renewal of the spirit and mind. It is a multi-sensory experience that will cost you nothing to enjoy.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      22 months ago from Southern California

      ChitrangadaSharan, you are very welcome. It was my pleasure to write this article. I greatly appreciate your kind words. Yes, walking in nature is much more rewarding than walking on a treadmill in a closed room. There is definitely something special about being in nature with the beautiful open sky and warm sun on our skin. :)

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      22 months ago from Southern California

      Marie, that is awesome that walking is an important part of your life. It is so amazing that a simple exercise offers us so many benefits. That is beautiful that you will take a walk around your house and play spiritual music. How peaceful and soothing is that! I also do a lot of walking around the neighborhood. I would love to see the view of Mt. Hood. That sounds awesome. My favorite form of exercise is to hike in nature or a nice stroll through a beautiful botanical garden. :)

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      22 months ago from Southern California

      Thank you Sandy for the kind words. That is wonderful that you are a fitness lover as well. :)

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      VioletSun 

      22 months ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I love to walk and walk at least once or twice a week in nature when Phil is home and we drive to the park which is like a forest. I agree a walk in nature is the best and I wish I could do every day. On the days he is working, I walk around our neighborhood which is surrounded by trees and we can see Mt. Hood in the distance. When I am home I use the treadmill a little bit just to get my body to exercise, and I even walk for twenty minutes around our house and sometimes play soothing spiritual music or play Yanni's music.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      22 months ago from New Delhi, India

      I agree with you completely that walking in the Nature has immense health benefits, not only physically but mentally as well. It is definitely more rewarding than walking on a treadmill in a closed room.

      You made some very important and useful points in this hub!

      Thanks for sharing!

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