AS USUAL, I should clarify what I mean, as nothing is as it seems.
You'll be relieved to know the walking part is as advertised and pretty straightforward.
It's the dark I need to shed light on. I suppose what I really mean is walking in the evening, once it is cosmologically dark. However, I do advocate walking where there are street lights.
It's important. One of the reasons country people are so fat is that they don't walk anywhere. They take the car from point A to point B, usually from house to supermarket, and they cannot go for a walk in the evening. Why? Because it's pitch-dark and they don't have street lights.
Narrowing things down further, I'm not sure I advocate walking in the dark if you live in the city centre, where revellers, cutpurses and other bounders lurk. Basically, my remarks are addressed to suburbanites.
If you're not one of these, please don't feel excluded: just move to the suburbs. Right, now that I've explained everything, what do I mean exactly? Well, I mean taking a stroll when night has fallen and the streets are quiet.
This time of year is a good time to do it. The nights are fair drawin' in, and there's an agreeable feeling of change in the air, a sort of magic.
Traffic is quieter in the evening, and most people are safely tucked up in front of their screens, educating and improving themselves. Most of your own day is over and you can reflect on how it went.
Somehow, you get in touch with yourself when walking. If you go about 9pm, you can promise yourself a cup of decaff and slice of buttered toast when you get in.
Then you can sleep soundly, helped by the little bit of exercise and air. It's all good.
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