Moving in a healthy way
Did you know that
dancing is one of the very few sports in which you move all and every muscle in
your body? Well I found a second-best thing if it comes to move in a healthy
way. It is Moorwalking!
The first time I
walked on the Moor, my health was nowhere near good. I experienced brain injury
at the time and walking more than 20 minutes in flat Holland overloaded me to
the point that I was in pain for the rest of the day. That being my starting
point, I counted on being able to get myself on the closest Tor and sitting
there in meditation for the rest of the day. Which sounded very appealing to me
at the time. I just needed to get away from it all for a while.
Our usual way of walking
I was in for a
surprise! Walking the Moors appeared to be in fact lighter than walking over
flat roads and in being out there my health improved by the day.
In daily life we mostly walk pavements and asphalt. Roads and
man-made paths offer no shock redemption which has a negative impact on our
joints. Besides that they make us walk in the same manner. Using the same
muscles and hardly any need to lift your feet. To the human body this is very
tiresome and drains us of energy as much as moving gives energy. But walking in
uneven land makes you use all of your muscles, tendons and every body part we
We are used to walk fast, as if we are to hurry. But that easily leads to injuries if you’re not fit enough. Constructive walking follows the pace of your body. It requires a lot of body awareness but can strengthen you faster than fitness.
A mindful way of walking
This is why I walk
in a mindful way. I am out there not to reach a goal. Not because I have to do
something. I am totally fine with being right where I am. I am absolutely in no
rush and even though I plan a destination, I don’t really care whether I make
it or not. Or whether I change plans during the day. Moorwalking to me is about
being out in nature, being in the now, living in the moment. Connecting with
nature and with my spirit. It’s the combination of all of these factors that
makes Moorwalking such a healthy and body supporting activity.
3 Tips for Mindful Walking
Want to give mindful walking a go? Here are some tips to get you started off right: