|Under normal conditions, I walk 3.5 km (2.2 miles), mostly uphill, to the office every morning, at a brisk speed so that I really need a shower before entering the office. That is a great way to wake up, especially when the winter storms rip the cap off my head or the fall showers make me soaking wet from the outside (in addition to the sweating from inside) .
Ater works, just let myself drop down the hill the same 3.5 km, entering my home refreshed and agile (at least compared to what I felt when raising from my office desk).
The half hour of walking every morning and after work, give my brain an hour a day to itself to digest thoughts and make up new ones. I do not put plastic devices into my ears; I prefer not to be disturbed by neither music, podcasts nor news. The external impulses I get while walking are the singing of the birds, the blowing wind, the sounds made by people I pass... And, unfortunately, a fair amount of traffic noise on half of the walking distance. But I can live with that.
The last few weeks have made me lazy, heavy, I have put on weight, and I loose my breath much faster. If I had enough self discipline, I would of course have been walking 7 km a day even if I didn't have to do it to get to work. That's an extremely hypothetical situation. I really could use a dog - but then again, I have owned dogs, and know that they would suffer the day I go back to the office. So I am not going to get one, just to drag me out of my chair to walk it.
I guess office will open again, and then I will have my daily walks. But I am not expecting to be able to do the 3.5 km uphill in 30 minutes the first week I am back