“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking” Friedrich Nietzche
There’s a harmonious effect that happens when we walk and think at the same time. Walking in a natural environment can improve our attention. Our working memory is also better when we walk at a pace of our own choosing.
A brisk walk will produce more brain cells. What’s even more amazing is that stimulation from an enriching environment will increase the connectivity between those brain cells. Those connections will also be more stable.
Our consciousness can be shaped more subtly outside in nature. It’s a much more proactive process when we are not distracted by the intrusions of an urban environment.
Susan Greenfield writes in her book A Day in the life of a Brain (2016) :
“It is you who decides to examine a plant more closely or to focus on a far flung horizon one moment, then perhaps to lean up against a tree the next. This internally driven sequence of events will then have the additional benefit of restoring control, of giving you a longer time frame in which to develop and deepen your thoughts”
Walking Therapy takes advantage of all these brain benefits and adds in even more. There’s an opportunity to think (and feel) more deeply and powerfully as we walk together side by side.