Four titles that encourage outdoor exercise: running and walking have always been synonymous with balance and creativity. In the words of books and writers
Sometimes we need particular inspiration in order to get off the sofa and start moving. I am an avid reader and today I want to share some titles that you might find interesting and useful as you start to exercise.
Walking and other distractions
This collection is an anthology for wayfarers and dreamers, in which walking is interpreted as a way of getting to know places, regions, ourselves. The editors have selected specific texts that focus on the many aspects of walking. Walking also involves those we meet along the way, something that several of the texts in this book touch upon. It’s a fascinating read also from an editorial standpoint, thanks to the inclusion of inspirational images. If you need a good reason to get out for a walk in the countryside or out of town, I think this is an excellent place to start. Pack a rucksack, throw in a book and a notebook and get going.
[Del camminare e altre distrazioni, edited by Francesca Cosi and Alessandra Repossi, Ediciclo Editore.]
The art of running
One of my absolute favourite books: The art of running by Japanese writer Aruki Murakami. A reflection on the relationship between creativity and running that analyses the continual parallels between the writer’s need for discipline and what running has taught him in terms of goals and the possibility to exceed one’s limits. If you’ve decided to become a “serious” runner but are seeking motivation that doesn’t only have to do with your physical potential, then this is the book for you.
Running is a philosophy
In this book, Gaia De Pascale explains the mechanisms that lead people to run and why running makes those who do it happier and more balanced. If you want to know which mechanism to appeal to, particularly the first times you head out with little desire to get moving, then try reading this book.
[Gaia De Pascale, Correre è una filosofia, Ponte alle Grazie]
Two steps from your destination: how to escape a sedentary lifestyle and nourish your creativity
As a final book, I timidly propose my own, written in 2016, in which I explain how I initially approached exercise and how walking, running and swimming help me to remind myself each day that in order to nourish my creativity, I must always remain two steps from my destination, never feeling that I have arrived but rather nurturing my curiosity, with both my body and mind.