Why I Walk


Scout finds a hidden stairway on our hike

Scout finds a hidden stairway on our hike

All my life I’ve had dogs and I don’t think I could walk as fast or as far without their companionship. Many years ago I suffered a partially ruptured disk and walking became the cornerstone to healing and avoiding spinal surgery. Physical therapist Sherry Brourman really saved me by helping me Walk Yourself Well so I stick to walking. Inspired by Olympian Track Star Shannon Rowbury’s advice to moms on starting a fitness program, I am keeping better track of my miles.

I have driven my car over my routes so I know exactly how far I’m walking.  If pressed for time, I only do 3 miles, but I prefer the 5-7 mile range since I can avoid cars and maybe catch sight of wild birds or deer. Also, walking a greater distance helps me get into “the zone” where I can better solve issues and challenges happening in my life. For me, this is huge.

This weekend Scout and I hiked in the Santa Monica Mountains near Tree People. I realize that when it comes to walking, I’ve come to the point where if I’m unable to take my morning walk, I don’t feel right the whole day.

With Bulldog Molly on a rest stop

With Bulldog Molly on a rest stop


Henry David Thoreau wrote that he could not preserve his health and spirits, “…unless I spend four hours a day…sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”

Beverly Hills is a great place to walk because of the ample sidewalks and trees. You don’t have to dodge cars and many streets offer shade. If you must multi-task, running errands on foot in Beverly Hills is very do-able. Bank, pharmacy and Farmers Markets are within a few, mostly flat, miles of the residential areas.

If I need a little oomph and attitude to really kick my pace into gear I’ll listen to my iPod. Here is my list of great walking songs:

Mayer Hawthorne has a potty mouth. When he swears, though, it's kind of cool

Mayer Hawthorne has a potty mouth. When he swears, though, it’s kind of cool

The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne


Soulful Johnny Cash gets a girl thinking on her walk

Soulful Johnny Cash gets a girl thinking on her walk

Walk the Line by Johnny Cash

Walk of Life by Dire Straits

Unk's got attitude...and nice taste in jewelry, right?

Unk’s got attitude…and nice taste in jewelry, right?

Walk it Out by Unk

Walk On by U2

With the right dog and the right song, nobody will be able to pass you on the trail or on the street.

Where do you walk?


Author Description

Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is the author of 'Love, Mom: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Hope.' She writes about motherhood, the environment and education.

There are 9 comments. Add yours

  1. 25th June 2013 | MAMACITA says: Reply
    Inspiring message. What could be better for the spirit than a beautiful walk with a faithful loving dog.
  2. 24th June 2013 | Christina Simon says: Reply
    Cocoa and I walk at Tree People and it's my favorite place in L.A. Molly is so cute I can't stand it!
    • 24th June 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Molly is very chill with other dogs. Hope she and Cocoa have a chance to meet on the trail.
  3. 24th June 2013 | Carpool Goddess says: Reply
    I'll join you guys anytime! Would love the company :)
  4. 24th June 2013 | Gavin says: Reply
    Molly's in good shape too, she's just big boned.
  5. 23rd June 2013 | OpinionsToGo says: Reply
    So, that's why you're in such terrific shape. Oh, and Scout is in good shape too!
    • 23rd June 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Ah, thanks. I failed to mention that Scout is a really good listener. The best.

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