I haven't been walking enough lately. What's "enough"? For me, it's however much it takes for me to feel at home in my skin. When I've been walking regularly I feel like my skeleton, joints, muscles, even my breath are working as one to help me move through the world. When I haven't... I feel a bit like Pinocchio, limbs all wooden and akimbo.
There's no doubt that I enjoy walking, but I'm sure I'm not alone in needing the occasional nudge to help get me out the door. I hear there are a number of aps that use your social network to guilt you into doing what's best for you (read Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney to learn more), but I'm resisting the smart phone phenomenon, so I've signed up for several walk related events. I've done the bird song walk, I just recently posted about, and an Introduction to Foraging walk that you'll be reading about soon. I've also gone back to using MeetUp.com to find fellow walkers and walk-related events. It's just what I needed. I have walks lined up for both Saturday and Sunday of this week. I can't wait to explore with new, and hopefully, some familiar faces too.
If you're in the Boston area, here are a few events you might want to check out.
- Circle the City - a chance to explore Boston area parks joined by temporary car-free zones.
- Battle Road Trail Walks - Walk historic Battle Road with a park ranger explaining the history
- Lantern Festival Based on the Japanese Bon Festival
- Walden Pond Tours - Understand Walden in a new way through a guided tour
- Museum of Fine Arts - You'd expect them to offer tours of their galleries (which they do), but on certain days they also offer neighborhood tours. Scroll to the bottom of the page for details.