A simple walk outside.
I find it to be peaceful, at times meditative. It gives me time to contemplate anything or nothing. I like the fresh air, the sunshine. I like being outside. I like observing trees and plants, the smell of flowers in spring time. I like the sounds of birds chirping. I like to watch the birds watching me. I like to spot butterflies. I like to see other people – walking their dogs, new mothers pushing babies, parents with their children, sweethearts holding hands. I even saw an older woman walking her alpacas.
In this modern life so much of my time is spent indoors, whether its at work or at my home. I need to get away. I need to disconnect from the TV, the computer, the internet and reconnect to myself and to the world around me.
I really like this article from Mark’s Daily Apple that highlights the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of getting outside – “The Rich and Measurable Benefits of Spending More Time in Nature”. I don’t need much convincing that time spent outside is better than time spent in font of a computer. There is also a nice piece in Psychology Today that echoes many of the same themes – spending time outdoors has a calming and quieting effect on our minds.
A simple walk is more than mental a break and time to recharge. It is the only sure fire thing (besides insulin) that can lower my BG. Going for a jog raises it. Lifting weights also raises my BG depending on the intensity. A walk always ends in a lower BG.
When the day is hectic, my mind spinning with needless worries, a string of shitty BGs – a simple walk is a gift that I give to myself. A simple walk slows me down after a day of rushing around. I can’t go back to spending 30 minutes pounding on a treadmill with a TV above me. With all that a walk can give me, why should I?