I always found it a bit ironic to sit with my co-workers in our glassed lunch room overlooking the harbor to Dartmouth, stating how great the weather was. How did we know how nice it was when we weren’t actually out there?
That’s about when I started walking. Well, at first I just walked to Starbucks which is basically the closest coffee to our office (which I realized was totally false later on). Then after a week or two, I started walking farther. Making a small square in the blocks of Halifax, then a rectangle. Before I knew it, I was out walking for 20 to 25 minutes! My favorite route now takes me just about 30 minutes to finish.
After the first few days, I realized I really needed it. I came back refreshed and relaxed. I almost couldn’t justify not going some days. Rainy days were the worst because I opted to stay in. Exploring more of the city, I found other coffee establishments like Uncommon Grounds, the Wired Monk, and the Smiling Goat Coffeehouse. There were so many great places to get coffee in walking distance from my office which weren’t Starbucks or the Canadian icon Tim Hortons. By getting out into the city, I have learned a bit more about it and experienced firsthand some unique things about Halifax.
I never used to be a podcast kind of person, then again I never used to be a huge walking kind of person either but I was out walking and listening to podcasts almost every workday. Earlier this summer, I started listening to The Minimalists podcast. I think what made it bearable at first was fact there were no advertisements. The RobCast was recommended so many times by Joshua and Ryan I decided to check it out. The other podcast I listen to occasionally is the Art of Manliness Podcast (it does have commercials). They interview all types of people and cover so many topics so I normally only download episodes which interest me and then skip through the advertisements. I normally make it to church Sunday morning but if not, we have our own podcast of the sermon from Sunday! I use an app called “Podcast Addict” for Android. It is pretty simple and you can find any podcast that is on iTunes.
Next month, I plan to talk a bit more on my health and other changes I have made over the last few months and years. Relating to my recent walking though, I think that it has helped me slim just a bit. I have received several compliments from my family or co-workers who say that I look great and ask if I’ve lost weight. My parents back home have said so too! Walking has been so great to clear my mind and distress during the workday but has definitely benefited a bit to my overall health.
Have you ever taken the time for a quick afternoon walk or just take a small group trip for coffee? How did it make you feel or did it have an impact on your day? If you are a podcast listener, what are some of your favorite podcasts?