The Pleasures Of Walking
Walking is one of the best exercise. If we walk two miles a day, it keeps us healthy. we have no physical problems but unluckily now-a-days people have so many facilities that they do not like to walk. Now-a-days we have cycles, petrol-driven motor-cars, railway trains and electric trams, with motor-buses running all over the county. It is so easy to ride and our climate is so hot at times, that there is a great temptation for man to become over mechanised. Our grandfathers were more hardy in this respect, and a walk of ten or fifteen miles was a very ordinary affair to them. It is said that if we cease to use any part of the body, Nature will take away that gift.
Scientists say that men of future ages will have short, weak legs, but vary strong and powerful arms. Now this thing has proved true. With the new inventions and with the modern age, people are not preferring walking to riding a bus. They use their body a little. The body was given us to use, and exercise is the normal tonic of the body. Good digestion, a good heart and lungs, are only possible to one who indulges in natural exercise. Games are very good swimming is excellent, and so are gymnastics and drill. But all of these will not quite make up for failure to walk a certain distance every day.
The gentle and prolonged exercise of walking has a beneficial. I must admit I like to set out late for school, and depend on a quick dash on my bicycle to cover the two miles journey. But on the day when I set out in good time and walk distance in thirty minutes I feel better for the day. I do better work and sleep better at night. Try it if you don't believe me. More over this was the only secret of the health of our forefathers. They enjoyed a very good health and long life because they used to walk a lot.
A really long walk on a holiday is a thing of joy. On some holidays, along with our friends, I go to a little station about five miles out of the city. then we walk along a broad road, but presently leave it for a small, bullock, through a few little villages, right round a broad tank, and so back to the railway station of Pasrur for the return journey. The total distance is seven miles, and now we think little of it. With exercise, our minds are broadened and we talk freely of what we have seen. It takes two hours to complete the circuit, for we are not in a hurry. But how much more pleasant than to cover the same distance in the finest motor car. It, in short, provides us the real pleasure and comfort.