Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Walk Regularly

Updated on December 17, 2019
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Chitrangada writes to spread awareness about healthy lifestyles. Yoga and walking have physical, mental, and spiritual benefits at any age.

Walking is a healthy and rewarding habit. Here are some quotes to help you stay motivated to walk every day.
Walking is a healthy and rewarding habit. Here are some quotes to help you stay motivated to walk every day. | Source

Why Should We Walk Every Day?

When I say it's a good idea to walk every day, I am not saying something you've never heard before. We are all aware of the many health benefits of frequent walking. Whether you walk in the morning, the evening, or some other time of day, your habit helps keep you fit not only physically and mentally, but also emotionally.

Despite the obvious benefits, we all sometimes skip our therapeutic walks. Whether due to busyness, lethargy, lack of interest, depression, or preoccupation, it's easy to let our healthiest habits fall by the wayside. Here are some quotes that will inspire and motivate you to get back out there and walk!

Walking doesn't just benefit the body—it stills the mind and calms the nerves.
Walking doesn't just benefit the body—it stills the mind and calms the nerves. | Source

Quotes About Walking

  • "When I am in turmoil, when I can’t think, when I am exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I walk and sooner or later, something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building." —Jim Butcher
  • "When you truly sing, you sing yourself free. When you truly dance, you dance yourself free. When you walk in the mountains or swim in the sea, again, you set yourself free." —Jay Woodman
  • "An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." —Henry David Thoreau
  • "A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world." —Paul D. White
  • "Walking is good for solving problems—it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists." —Pepper Giardino
  • "Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life." —Carrie Latet
  • "A morning walk gives the body a chance to forgive the trials and tribulations of yesterday, to shed its rubbish and mental clutter." —Terri Guillemets
  • "If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk." —Hippocrates
  • "A lone walker is both present and detached, more than an audience but less than a participant. Walking assuages or legitimizes this alienation." —Rebecca Solnit
  • "Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility." —Gary Snyder
  • "Walking shares with making and working that crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world, of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world." —Rebecca Solnit
  • "The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk." —Joseph Joubert
  • "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." —John Muir
  • "The destiny of every walking man is to immerse himself in the panorama surrounding him, to the point of becoming one with it, and ultimately, to vanish." —Federico Castigliano
  • "If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk." —Raymond Myers

Walking—especially in parks or natural areas—is one of the best ways to experience the world's beauty.
Walking—especially in parks or natural areas—is one of the best ways to experience the world's beauty. | Source

What Are the Benefits of Daily Walking?

Walking every day for 30 to 40 minutes can help us . . .

  • manage our weight,
  • maintain our cardiovascular fitness,
  • improve our balance,
  • rejuvenate and refresh ourselves, and
  • improve the flexibility of our muscles and bones.

By walking, we cultivate a positive attitude toward life. Walks in nature are the best way to keep depressing thoughts from occupying our minds. Walking is one of the oldest and best forms of exercise, and it’s free. You can do it at any time of the day, and it does not require any equipment.

Though we all are aware of the immense benefits of walking, we often forget to do it regularly. It’s important to be consistent, so try to maintain a record of your daily progress. This will help motivate you to walk farther and more often.

Try walking different paths to make your route more interesting. Change what time you walk—maybe go for a sunrise walk one day and a sunset walk the next. Variation helps make the walking experience more enriching psychologically. Observe the beautiful trees, birds, and flowers, and feel the fresh air. Make the most of your walking routine.

Photos From My Daily Walks

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Many walking paths are lined with trees, grass, bushes, and flowers. Enjoy the sights and the smells as you move. Changing your course now and again helps keep walks interesting and new. Take time to observe the foliage as you explore the land around you. Walking helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies.You don't need a destination. Walk for walking's sake!
Many walking paths are lined with trees, grass, bushes, and flowers. Enjoy the sights and the smells as you move.
Many walking paths are lined with trees, grass, bushes, and flowers. Enjoy the sights and the smells as you move. | Source
Changing your course now and again helps keep walks interesting and new.
Changing your course now and again helps keep walks interesting and new. | Source
Take time to observe the foliage as you explore the land around you.
Take time to observe the foliage as you explore the land around you. | Source
Walking helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies.
Walking helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies. | Source
You don't need a destination. Walk for walking's sake!
You don't need a destination. Walk for walking's sake! | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you FlourishAnyway, for reading and appreciating the article and the quotes. Glad that you it. Yes, it’s a safe and inexpensive way to keep fit and healthy.

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        This is very timely with New Year’s resolutions right around the corner. It’s a cheap and relaxing way to stay healthy. I enjoyed the quotes here!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you so much Lora Hollings, for sharing your thoughtful comments about the need to walk regularly. I am glad that you found it informative.

        Always a pleasure to read your comments. Much appreciated.

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        Lora Hollings 

        5 weeks ago

        Walking, indeed, has so many benefits! The health benefits are many both for our physical bodies and for our mental health too. It nourishes our spiritual selves as well. I cherish my daily walks and the time it gives me to reflect on many things. I enjoy the solitude and feeling at one with nature. You did a great job on this article! Thanks for sharing such good information.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Liz Westwood, for reading and commenting on this article. Glad you found this inspirational.

        I believe, walking regularly, to be the safest and the easiest way to remain fit and healthy.

        Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Hi Devika!

        Good to know that you are so regular in your walking schedule. I am glad that you liked the quotes and the purpose of writing this article.

        I would be happy if other readers get inspired by reading the quotes and continue with their walking routine.

        Thank you so much for always being supportive of my work. Wish you good day.

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        This is an inspirational article. Walking can easily be overlooked as a very valid form of exercise.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Prantika, for your kind words of appreciation for this article. I am glad that you liked the quotes, and further it’s a good feeling, if it has motivated you to continue your walking routine.

        Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you John, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked the quotes. I am sorry to hear about your back pain. Hope you recover soon. I believe, walking even for a little while, would help ease your pain. But, your doctor is your best guide.

        The walking track is within the premises of my housing society, just beside my home. Yes, we are fortunate to have all the greenery and fresh air around.

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this article. Much appreciated.

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        Devika Primic 

        5 weeks ago

        Hi Chitrangada it is amazing to read such meaningful quotes. I enjoy walking and so so a few times a week. In the winter as it is now, I walk twice a week or sometimes three times per week weather permitting. It is the best to walk in morning before I get down to my chores around the house.

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        Prantika Samanta 

        5 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

        Thank you Chitrangada for the quotes and reminding us why walking is so important. With the winter setting in, I was feeling lazy to go for a walk in the morning, but I think it is high time that I should go for a walk. No more procrastination. The quotes are amazing and inspirational.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Chitrangada, thank you for sharing these inspirational quotes. I haven't been walking as much lately as I normally do, as I have had a bad back. It is healed now so I am determined to start walking regularly again. The photos of the track you walk are delightful.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you so much Mary, for your wonderful comments.

        Nature walks are so important for healthy mind and body.

        Glad that you liked the article and the quotes.

        Have a wonderful day.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Nithya, for reading and appreciating the article. Glad that you found it inspirational.

        The walking path is from the premises of my housing society. Yes, it’s full of greenery all around and we feel blessed to live here.

        Health is wealth, and you are absolutely right.

        Thank you so much for commenting.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Ericdierker, for sharing your thoughts on this article.

        Good to know about the activities of you and your wife. You reminded me of my hectic days, when my children were younger. Wish you and your wife good health and lots of happiness.

        Hiking is excellent for fitness and my both sons enjoy hiking and choose difficult terrains for it.

        Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Manatita, for your kind words of appreciation of the article. I am glad that you liked the quotes and the aim of writing this article.

        Regular walking is a significant part of my life, along with practising Yoga.

        Thanks for pointing out the spiritual significance of walking. I agree with you on that. I believe that walking is a good way to detox the body and the mind, from all irrelevant and negative thoughts.

        And, this really helps in spiritual growth.

        Thanks for your valuable feedback. Have a great day.

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        Mary Wickison 

        5 weeks ago from Brazil

        I think my favorites from your list are by John Muir and Rumi.

        Walking is so much more than just going from point A to B. In our fast paced lives, it gives us a chance to breathe and reconnect with nature and ourselves.

        A top notch list of quotes.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        5 weeks ago from Dubai

        Great quotes, you have inspired me to stick to my walking schedule. The path that you take is beautiful, filled with greenery. Thank you for sharing this valuable article. Health is wealth.

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        Eric Dierker 

        5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Wonderful piece. My wife now walks my boy to school each morning one mile there and then back. That is so cool. I just love it. I generally do hiking. So fun. These quotes are fantastic. They will stay with me for a long time. I like the thought that walking moves the mind. So true. Maybe I will do urban today up my favorite hill.

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        manatita44 

        5 weeks ago from london

        A different Hub and an interesting topic for keeping us in great shape. I loved the quotes too. The Rumi and Hippocrates ones are awesome, but all are worth reading.

        You didn't cover spiritual reasons I don't think but in Sri Chinmoy's teaching it is crucial for spiritual growth. Not necessarily walking but exercise. Many of us jog or swim or run or do other physical activities. An informative piece!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Venkatachari Ji, for your valuable comments. Good to hear from you.

        It’s important to be physically active and walk, and that you are doing, even if it’s going to the local shops.

        Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Heidi Thorne, for your positive feedback.

        Good to know that you enjoy walking with your dogs.

        Thanks for reading and commenting on this article. Much appreciated.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Linda, for reading and appreciating the article.

        Yes, walking is my everyday activity. Glad to know that you also love it. Walking fills us with positive thoughts.

        Thank you for commenting.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Pamela, for your valuable thoughts and appreciation of the article. I am glad that you liked the quotes.

        I do walk regularly but on some days, I do need some motivation, because of a bad mood, or feeling low. This article is written keeping this in mind. Hope it helps others too, facing such a situation.

        Thank you so much.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you MsDora, for appreciating the article. Yes, we do need reminders, howsoever sincere we may be.

        Glad that you liked the quotes.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thank you Bill for reading and commenting. Good to learn about your walking schedule. And that keeps you so positive and energetic everyday.

        Thanks a lot.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Nell, for sharing your thoughts on this article. I am glad to read your feedback.

        Thank you so much for commenting.

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        Venkatachari M 

        5 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

        A very inspiring piece on the need and importance of regular walking. But, I do not go particularly for a walk. I am unable to create some time for it. The walkings for me are only those spent on grocery purchases or taking my daily milk deliveries. I do not possess any vehicle and so everything around is done by walk.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        5 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        Luckily I have my dogs to thank for my daily walking routine! They love and need it and so do I.

        Thanks for inspiring all of us to add this to our lives!

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I enjoyed reading the quotations that you've shared very much. I love to walk and find your quotes very meaningful.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        There are so many good quotes listed, Chitrangada. I agree that walking is so healthy in many ways. It is such a good time to ponder your quotes or maybe just looking for a solution to a personal problem.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Chitrangada, you're. right. We know but we need the reminders. These are some very good quotes. Thoreau's are so simple but so rich. I like them all. Thanks.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        My dogs and I walk daily. I try to walk five miles each day, and I'm pretty good about staying with it. :)

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        Nell Rose 

        5 weeks ago from England

        I walk everywhere, well most of the time. I tend to ride my bike these days too, to go to work. But yes walking is definitely great for peace of mind.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Carolyn, for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

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        Carolyn Fields 

        5 weeks ago from South Dakota, USA

        Totally agree! Thanks for putting this together.

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