Walk, Don’t Run
I decided to keep track of my daily expenses to figure out where all my money was going. After about a week it became obvious that I was blowing a lot of money on eating out and taking cabs or public transportation. This laziness probably also helps explain all the weight I’ve gained over the last five years.
I have since started walking a lot more. The financial benefits are obvious — taxis and the TTC are not free, bit I’m also getting a workout without having to pay for a gym membership. Bit there are other benefits: walking slows you down and I find myself stopping to literally stop and smell the flowers. I’ve also discovered cool new galleries and grafitti that I wouldn’t have seen from the window of a streetcar.
I’ve now taken to taking walks for walking’s sake. With no definite destination, I’ve enjoyed running into friends on the street, meeting my neighbours, and having long conversations with my husband on evening ambles.
I feel much more connected with my city.