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Walking for fun

As I reflect on my own experiences, I am reminded of the
profound impact that walking has had on my life. Unfortunately, a recent injury
has hindered my ability to walk, leaving me to reminisce about the countless
moments when I would stroll through nature, lost in thought. During these
walks, I would often ponder the interconnectedness of the world around me. I
would marvel at how a single tree blends seamlessly into a grove, which in turn
merges with a forest. Fences, once artificial barriers, become cohesive forces
that bind us together. In this sense, there are no beginnings or endings, only

The benefits of walking are well-documented, and research
has consistently shown that it can have a profound impact on our creativity and
overall well-being. In fact, a study conducted by Stanford University in 2014
found that walking, whether indoors or outdoors, can stimulate the mind and
enhance the thought process. The study found that walking promotes free-flowing
ideation, leading to a heightened level of creativity. This phenomenon, known
as “divergent thinking,” allows individuals to generate a multitude
of ideas and explore various perspectives.

The study highlighted several key findings, including:

Walking as a Catalyst for Creativity: Walking encourages the
brain to think beyond conventional boundaries, liberating the mind from the
confines of a structured environment and allowing for the exploration of
uncharted territories.

Walking as a Problem-Solving Tool: Walking has been shown to
be an effective tool for problem-solving, as the rhythmic motion of walking
encourages a state of relaxation, facilitating cognitive flexibility and
critical thinking.

The Influence of Environment: The study found that the
environment in which walking takes place plays a significant role in its impact
on creative thinking. While both indoor and outdoor walking were found to be
beneficial, outdoor environments, such as parks and natural landscapes, had a
more profound impact on creative thinking.

Incorporating walking and movement breaks throughout the day
is a simple yet powerful way to enhance our overall well-being. From walking
and taking the stairs to stretching, desk exercises, and dance breaks, there
are countless opportunities to infuse our day with movement and reap the
benefits. Not only do movement breaks help combat the negative effects of a
sedentary lifestyle, but they also increase energy levels, improve
productivity, boost mood, and contribute to our physical health.

As I continue to navigate my current circumstances, I am
reminded of the importance of finding ways to stay active and engaged. While I
may not be able to walk in the classical sense, I am exploring alternative
forms of exercise and movement to maintain my physical and mental well-being. I
encourage you to do the same, and to find ways to incorporate movement and
creativity into your daily routine.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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