For the past couple of days, I’ve been going on walks in the evening. It’s nighttime. I’m not sleepy yet. Time to go for a walk! After that, I write up my posts for the following day and then I go to sleep. What’s incredibly fascinating though is that the sleep I get after a long evening walk is just sooo great. I haven’t slept this well in months! The other day, I then told a friend that lives in the same dorm as me that I’m going for a walk and she was surprised that I’d go out this late. Hence, I invited her on the walk and now we just kind of go for walks together and talk about all sorts of stuff on our walks. She’s one of those people that have step-trackers installed and whatnot, so it’s nice to get some data on how healthy our walks have been. I mostly do it for the sake of sleep quality, fresh air and just quality time with a friend, really.
When I’m alone, I listen to music while I do those walks. When I’m with that friend, we just walk and talk. Walky-Talkies, I guess? Some studies even show a link between evening/morning walks and improved sleep quality. So, that’s quite neat. I’m not sure if it’s because of the fresh air or the extra exercise but it’s pretty nice overall.
I haven’t really had the chance to work out properly ever since that surgery I had with the abscess and whatnot. It’s a bit of a bummer but can’t be helped. Similarly, I couldn’t go on more runs as of late due to obligations like morning classes as well as my messed up sleep schedule and lack of motivation. The lack of motivation may even stem from the sleep schedule being messy and my day-to-day being so busy. Hence, I’m glad that I at least get those steps in on hour-long walks before I head to bed. It’s pretty nice overall.
Anyway, I can recommend going on walks with friends. Some parts of this city get somewhat scary at night, so having someone with you at least makes it feel safer. At the same time, it’s a nice habit to get into and I enjoy staring at the night sky by the time we return. Also, walking up the hill we live on is pretty rad because you typically have more energy at the beginning of the walk and once you’re tired, you only have to walk downhill, which is quite relaxing. The only thing I need to get better at right now, though, is my pace and the size of my steps. I have long legs and am a rather tall person overall. My friend had to tell me a few times already that I’m “walking too fast” when in reality, my steps are just huge in comparison to hers. I gotta see if I can shrink down the size of my steps or walk slower more often without having to focus on it too much. I used to be better at that. Anyhow, I just wanted to talk about how walking late at night has been quite beneficial for my sleep quality. It’s quite underrated in my opinion and I’ve been enjoying it a fair bit.