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Let’s Talk About Walking

Let’s Talk About Walking

After hiking Mount Kabuye and camping on its summit, we trekked to Lake Ruhondo. If you have been following this blog for a while, you are probably aware of my walking enthusiasm.

Our ancestors did a lot of walking and enjoyed sound health. Then came the Industrial Age and its ensuing revolution. Automobiles were invented and jobs that make us sit down all day were created. The new lifestyle, devoid of physical activities, led to the emergence of a plethora of diseases.

A litany of studies reveals the impact of regular walking in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Walking is also an effective weapon in the fight against obesity, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure and diabetes, to name but a few.

The oldest form of exercising improves memory and combats the deterioration of brain tissues caused by old age. This simple but highly rewarding activity can be done by old people without stressing their delicate joints.

Regular walking increases our creative output by 60% while stimulating a free flow of ideas. Researchers call this kind of creativity divergent thinking. Engaging in activities that allow our minds to wander empowers our innovative acumen.

I am writing this from the foot of Mount Rubavu in the Western Province. A lot of walking has happened since I left Kigali on Monday. My next post will disclose what transpired en route to Lake Ruhondo. Stay tuned.

The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. This week’s tour is sponsored by Beyond the Gorillas Experience (BGE). Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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