The humble walk–is it even worthy of a woot? I believe so. Arguably the best part of my day is the evening stroll I take with Mr. Frugalwoods and Frugal Hound.
On a typical weekday, one of the humans arrives home from work before the other and sweet Frugal Hound works herself into a frenzy of excited greyhound rooing in anticipation of the other human’s arrival. We jump around, hug, kiss (not the dog, don’t worry), and roo as soon as we’re all home together (look, you’ve been forewarned that we’re weirdos). Then, we set off on our family walk.
For us, a walk at the end of each day is much more than a smidgen of physical exercise, it’s an expression of our love of togetherness. It’s a time to clear our minds of the day’s troubles and recalibrate the frantic pace of the workday into the peaceful tone of our evening at home. These walks are only about 30 minutes long, but they’re just the right amount of time to decompress from our days spent apart working at jobs we plan to leave.
Walks, if I might venture, are an under-appreciated form of relaxation. There’s something quite primal and anciently correct-seeming about walking and stretching oneself out, especially after being unnaturally cooped in an office all day. Humans are meant to walk about and explore their surroundings. There’s nothing about the human body that’s designed to sit in a chair (which is why I have a standing desk at work, but still! I’m stuck in one place!). Something about moving the limbs loosens the brain and relieves tension. Mr. FW and I have productive, easy, stream-of-consciousness conversations while walking.
Walking is also a hidden perk of frugality. Since we don’t pay for entertainment and we try not to drive too often, we frequently find ourselves walking for entertainment and transportation. Peace of mind + free transportation + free entertainment = pretty ideal in my frugal book (not an actual book, but it could be). Added bonus: walks around the city are an excellent way to scout great trash finds.
While hiking in the woods is certainly my favorite mode of ambulatory entertainment, walks are a decent analogue for our city-confined weekdays. Since we haven’t decamped to our rural homestead just yet, walks facilitate an enjoyment of our urban environment.
In related content, Broke Millennial recently had this delightful post on taking a walk that resonated deeply with me.
This week’s grumble is brought to you by our lack of a summer vacation this year. This is a minor grumble, because I feel extremely fortunate that we’re able to vacation–from both a financial and a health perspective–but, we are a little glum that we don’t have any trips on the horizon. This dearth of travel is due to our work schedules/demands rather than a lack of funds and I’m very grateful that this is the reason.
Still, I’d like a vacation! Aldo at Million Dollar Ninja recently posted 9 Signs You Need A Vacation and I exhibit almost all of the signs! Ahhh, vacation. Maybe next summer I’ll know thee.
Vacations are like extended walks for us. We incorporate walking, hiking, and being outdoors as much as possible. Our vacations are spent exploring, absorbing the beauty of the culture we’re immersed in, and enjoying each other. That being said, the simplest things can bring the greatest joy and Mr. FW and I are low-key, easily entertained people. So we’ve been occupying our summer with home improvement, contentedness about our march towards financial independence, and well, walks!