The Spirited Walker: Fitness Walking for Clarity, Balance, and Spiritual Connection by Carolyn Scott Kortge, paperback, 256 pages, Harper San Francisco (1998), ISBN: 0060647361
No matter how fast or how far you walk, no matter what your goals or fitness level, wheter you walk on a treadmill or in a forest, alone or with companions, this guide will lead you along a path of mental and physical exercise. Author Carolyn Scott Kortge, an award-winning journalist and masters racewalker (she holds bronze and silver medals from the USA Track & Field Association's National Masters Championships and was formerly ranked among the top five women racewalkers in her age group), offers a wealth of easy-to-do breathing exercises, visualizations, and active affirmations that transform fitness walking into a meditative practice'of awareness, spiritual renewal, and physical vitality. "Whatever your motivation for walking – relaxation, aerobic fitness, weight loss, a healthy heart, or interaction with nature – a spirited walk can become the first step in a spiritual journey" Kortge says. With humor, anecdotes, and practical advice, she shows you how to take the first step and motivates you to walk for life with an approach to fitness that puts care of the soul on equal footing with care of the body.