Walking for the love of it

Sports Tracker aimless wonderer
Aimless wandering is walking without any destination or route in mind.

Some of the greatest minds and creative talents throughout the centuries have been committed walkers. Aristotle, William Wordsworth, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Steve Jobs and many others all were daily walkers, and said taking a stroll was when they had their best ideas.

Many of these geniuses didn’t just take a short stroll around the block, or to and from the office; they walked almost aimlessly for miles. These great thinkers and artists were empowered by daily walking. You can be, too.

Aimless wandering

In modern society, being aimless is considered not so good. But aimless walking is another thing, and will likely help us to live with greater purpose. Leaving space for purposelessness, paradoxically, helps our sense of purpose and to imagine what is possible.

Aimless wandering is walking without any destination or route in mind. We just head out the door and follow our intuition. For this, we really need to put aside enough time. It’s best if we have at least a couple of hours, better an entire afternoon.

Task: Put aside an afternoon and go out alone for a long, aimless wander. Open your senses and focus on walking mindfully, as outlined in the previous article.

Walking journal

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

On each walk, take a notebook with you. If an idea comes, or some other important thought, stop on the walk and note it down. Writing down our ideas in this way helps us to remember them, and also to keep our mind uncluttered.

Task:

This week walk 54 km. You can break it down into six walks:

  • One five kilometer walk
  • Two seven kilometer walks
  • Two 10 km walks
  • One 15 km walk.

 

Josh Gale – Kiwi journalist tracking adventures great and small

9 comments

  1. IOANNIS

    La technologie a évolué, vous pouvez toujours utiliser Google Traduction…

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  2. Michael

    What a pity that I followed a teaser in the SportsTracker App written in German and was lead to this English article.
    Sure I am capable understanding English and so this blog post, too… But, early in the morning, just like now, I won’t yet turn on the brain’s reactor to fulfill any wonder…

    It would be quite nice, if you would offer a translated version. :-)

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    1. Sports Tracker

      Hi Michael! Thanks for the feedback. Will forward your request to our content team!

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  3. Isabelle Fournier

    Bonjour. Serait-il possible d’avoir la possibilité de traduire le site en français ?
    Merci beaucoup.
    J’apprécie cette application car je marche tous les jours et cela me motive de pouvoir connaître mes performances chaque jour après la marche.

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    1. Sports Tracker

      Hi Isabelle! Thanks for the feedback. At the moment our Blog is in English but will forward your request to our content team!

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  4. Ralph Heuschen

    Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
    schade das Ihr Text in Englisch abgefasst wurde. Ich würde ihn gerne auf Deutsch lesen.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen
    Ralph

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    1. Sports Tracker

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  5. Lolo

    Por que no ponéis los artículos en español?

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    1. Sports Tracker

      Hi! Thanks for the feedback. Our Blog is in English at the moment but will forward your request to our content team.

      Reply

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