The Spirited Walker: Fitness Walking for Clarity, Balance and Spiritual Connection: Guide to Using Your Fitness Walks to Clear Your Mind and Connect with Your Soul

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Walking as a spiritual practice – championship race walker Carolyn Scott Kortge’s bright, motivating, and practical book promotes the transformative mental and physical benefits of putting one foot in front of the other.

Walking surpasses jogging as most people’s favourite form of exercise by five-to-one. The Spirited Walker introduces the idea of expanding one’s walking regimen from simply a physical workout to a spiritual one – a fitness routine for the body and soul. Drawing upon the Buddhist concept of the ‘walking meditation’ – spiritual practice on the move – Kortge offers instruction and encouragement for:
• Developing a walking routine
• Learning and using proper walking techniques
• Developing awareness and focus while walking
• Practicing techniques for increased attentiveness, peacefulness and tranquility.

Using breathing exercises, visualizations, and active affirmations.
A unique approach to spiritual development, Kortge’s methods are simple, eminently practical, and rewarding for men and women of all ages and physical conditions. Beautifully written and gently inspiring, the Spirited Walker is one of the first books to explore the hidden and profound benefits of this enormously popular sport, offering a spirited new lesson in the pursuit of good health.

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Really good book - the techniques are simple and yet very effective, I have used them not only with walking but also with climbing and running and seen improved performance and a better stillness of mind while exercising. The book is well written and a lot of research has gone into it - studies quoted etc. It is down to earth in its approach. It is applicable whatever level of fitness you are and the book does cover a bit about heart rates and how to judge the level of exertion you are putting into your walking. An inspiring book for beginner and athelete alike, and I feel will help anyone who has a resistance to exercise overcome this with these techniques and come to love it. Recommended! --Reader

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Fitness walking for Body, Mind, and Soul

No matter how fast or far you walk, no matter what you goals or fitness level, whether you walk on a treadmill or in a forest, alone or with companions, this guide will lead you along a path of mental and physical exercise that travels from sole to soul. Author Carolyn Scott Kortge, an award-winning journalist and masters racewalker, offers a wealth of easy-to-do breathing exercises, visualisations, and active affirmations that transform fitness walking into a meditative practice – of awareness, spiritual renewal, and physical vitality. 'Whatever your motivation for walking – relaxation, aerobic fitness, weight loss, a healthy heart, or interaction with nature – a spirited walk can become the first step in a spiritual journey,' Kortge says. With humour, anecdotes, and practical advice, she shows you how to take the first step and motivates you to walk for life with an approach for fitness that puts care of the soul on equal footing with care of the body.

'If you really want to give your spiritual life a boost, let Kortge show you how the simple act of walking can take you on a trail of self-transformation to destinations inward-bound that you never knew existed. Here is a direct way to knowing yourself and a celebration of being fully alive.'
JERRY LYNCH, Ph.D., co-author of 'Working Out, Working Within'

'This is the walking book I wanted to write! While so many books focus primarily on physical fitness and health, my readers tell me it's the spiritual connection walking satisfies that keeps them going.'
MAGGIE SPILNER, walking editor, 'Prevention Magazine'

Journalist CAROLYN SCOTT KORTGE holds bronze and silver meals from the USA Track and Field Association's National Masters Championships and was formerly ranked among the top five women racewalkers in her age group. As a feature writer for daily newspapers in Wisconsin, Kansas, and Oregon, she has captured numerous national awards for excellence.

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