Clerestory

Walking

September 30, 2019

In New York we’ve walked a lot: 7.34 miles, 8.03 miles, 10.12 miles, 11.43 miles. Not as much as we did on the Camino of course, and less encumbered, but we’ve still done some distance.

I’ve been wondering about the link between thinking and walking, which I discussed at the end of this post. Must one walk solo, or in nature, to benefit thinking? Would a group trek across a city provide a different kind of benefit from a hike on one’s own?

Or is there a point beyond which the walking actually impairs one’s ability to think, through exhaustion? Is that limit relatively stable, or would it increase as fitness increases?


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