WalkingWith the weather improving here in the UK my son and I have resumed our practice of walking to school rather than taking the car. This is such a simple thing to do but has so many benefits besides the exercise, fresh air and cultivating a non-sedentary attitude to life.

First off there's a chance to see things that you don't normally see when whizzing past, both natural and man-made. There's an opportunity to talk (and sing!) without interference from phones, doorbells and email. And you get to miss the traffic gridlock on the approach to the school.

Victor Korchnoi puts his chess longevity down to walking everywhere. He hasn't driven since the shock of having hit a police car in the Soviet Union. And David Bronstein too was a great believer in the benefits of walking, advising a short walk before every chess game.

Riz Din adds:

At my gym they quote Plato on the noticeboard:

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.


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