Last week we had legit snow. Well, we had legit snow for Vancouver, which basically means about 4 inches. And it barely lasted in its solid form before it turned into a heinous mess of dirty slush. But while it was falling from the sky at alarming rates, and while it rested on the ground in its pristine frozen form, it was truly wondrous.
There is something about a snow walk that kicks the ass of any other walk, and I say this as a lover of walks. Walks, in my humble opinion, are completely underrated. Walks have been tossed aside because they’re not “real” exercise. Walks seem like a waste of time. Running is faster. Driving is faster yet. But let me tell you this: walks are the best. And let me up the ante by adding that snow walks are the most magical of all.
Let’s start first with walking. Even sans snow, walking is going to do some pretty great things for you. I’m not going to lie and tell you you’ll burn hundreds of calories, but you are moving, and motion is a good thing. Motion takes anxious, nervous and negative energy and helps to wash it away. Trust me, as a perpetual glass-half-empty soul, I’ve witnessed first hand the power of a simple walk in its ability to take me from a level 10 on the grumpy gus scale right down to a solid 4. Motion also shoves exhaustion out of its way. Walking has no time for your tiredness. You will breathe deeper, and you will move, and you will no longer want to crawl under your desk and take a (hopefully) undetected nap at two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon. This is the power of walking.
The snow walk only amplifies these positive effects. The snow walk incorporates a feast for your eyes. You cannot see trees draped in snow, mountains dusted with powder, a field of the white stuff glistening in the sunshine without being overwhelmed by its beauty. Unless your heart is dead. Beauty is guaranteed to make you feel better.
The snow brings silence and stillness to the air in a world that is increasingly full of so. much. noise. With silence and stillness comes the feeling of calm. And with the feeling of calm comes clarity of thinking and brave new thoughts. The snow walk is your secret weapon for when you’re stuck or feeling uncreative.
The snow brings joy. It takes you back to your childhood, when was life was simple and fewer things brought more pleasure than finding a large swath of untouched snow to trample through like an intrepid explorer. Walking in the snow gives you moments to reconnect with your inner five year old, the one who wants to see how far she can slide on the snow, who wants to see how many snowflakes she can catch on her tongue, who delights in the novelty of weather we see so rarely in Vancouver.
This is what the snow walk can bring to you. Joy. Calm. Stillness. Silence. Clarity. Beauty. Motion. Air. Energy. Positivity. Are any of those really things that you wouldn’t want even more of in your life? Take it from me, the snow walk has the power to put you in a place of total and utter contentment. Next time the snow falls where you are, instead of freaking out about driving conditions or all the ways it will get in the way of your plans, bundle up and walk. Just walk.