Since TikTok founder Mady Maio said her dietitian recommended her to walk 30 minutes a day “instead of doing insane cardio”, the practice has increased. Her lover advised she walk distraction-free to maximize advantages.
Walking without distractions is nothing new, but in today's busy world, being present and distraction-free is becoming rarer for many people, and experts claim it can improve physical, mental, and emotional health.
Silent walking helps you be present and aware of your surroundings. She thinks it's the difference between mindfulness and overthinking.
Walking with interruptions provides more stimulation than silent walking. This might increase anxiety and overload depending on your stress level.
Hypnotherapist and psychotherapist Holly Hannigan says our brains are struggling to handle the daily flood of information due to rapid technological and social change.
“Some people think walking while listening to music or a podcast or with a friend is great, but you might start talking about life's annoyances,” she explains. “Music can evoke strong emotions and memories, and podcasts can distract you, making it hard to focus and think clearly.”
Deep talks and insightful podcasts can be stimulating, but if you need a mental break, walking might help you (literally) step away from overload.
Screen-free time frequently makes us notice more. Hannigan says we take things in from a distance so our eyes can properly accept light, distance, and depth instead of straining on a screen a few inches close.
Hannigan recommends walking and “try to notice the feeling of the ground beneath your feet.” “Stop and admire the sky, cloud shape, and color. Touch any gorgeous flowers or leaves, she advises.
“All of these little things are an important part of mindfulness, taking notice of the details around you in the moment and keeping your mind focused on the here and now rather than work, family, or future worries,” Hannigan says.