Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back

Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back

by Carolyn Scott Kortge


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Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back by Carolyn Scott Kortge

Sometimes life’s hurdles literally stop us in our tracks, sapping vitality and preventing us from participating fully in our own lives and the lives of those we love. Carolyn Scott Kortge recognizes that a key to joyous re-engagement with the world can be—just as literally—to get moving again. With a focus on walking for wellness, Kortge outlines a compassionate, practical program for navigating your way through life’s physical, emotional, and spiritual hard times.

Within the supportive framework of this eight-week walking program you set your own pace, taking steps that restore a sense of balance and order, even if you’re weighed down by the lethargy and loss of control that often accompany illness, depression, or trauma. Discover how to link mental focus with physical movement to create healing periods of stress release. Learn to match your steps with meditation in a way that clears a path through confusion. Move forward, literally, both in good times and in tough ones, with mental and physical steps that lead you away from fear or stress and guide you toward wellness and peace. Engage in a path to recovery that attends to not just the physical, but also acknowledges healing as an emotional, spiritual, and mental journey—a journey of survivorship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590307403
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 302,125
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Scott Kortge is an award-winning journalist, a former competitive race walker, and a cancer survivor. Kortge's Walking Well® program has been presented at medical centers, wellness events, survivor conferences, and health resorts and spas across the country. She is the author of The Spirited Walker: Fitness Walking for Clarity, Balance, and Spiritual Connection.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Starting Out: When You Walk through a Storm, Keep Your Feet on the Ground 1

Side Steps Walking and Wellness 14

Week 1 A Healthy Step 17

Side Steps Walking and Immune System 26

Walking Well Week One 29

Week 2 A Healthy Spirit 36

Side Steps Walking and Energy 44

Walking Well Week Two 46

Week 3 A Healthy Mind 54

Side Steps Walking and Mood 65

Side Steps Fifteen-Minute Mood Mender 67

Walking Well: Week There 69

Week 4 A Healthy Self-Image 76

Side Steps Walking and Muscles 86

Walking Well Week Four 88

Week 5 A Healthy Rhythm 96

Side Steps Walking and Joints 107

Walking Well Week Five 110

Week 6 A Healthy Attitude 116

Side Steps Walking and Brains 126

Walking Well Week Six 128

Week 7 A Healthy Heart 135

Side Steps Walking and Heart Health 145

Tool Talk Pedometer Basics 147

Walking Well Week Seven 150

Week 8 A Healthy Habit 158

Side Steps Walking and Feet 168

Walking Well Week Eight 172

Moving On Facing the Future, One Step at a Time 181

Side Steps Walking and Aging 189

Acknowledgments 193

Appendix Weekly Walking Logs 195

Notes 206

Resources 212

About the Author 214

Index 215

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