Walk. Breathe. Repeat.

Antonia Malchik
3 min readOct 31, 2022

Can we make a walkable life a breathable life, too?

Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

I recently read James Nestor’s bestselling book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, which, despite its subtitle, is a straightforward deep-dive into a simple act that all of us perform all day every day as long as we’re alive.

Still, Nestor has a compelling argument, which is that more intentional breath practices are thousands of years old and were cultivated for a reason: because conscious breathing, and especially breathing through the nose, provides tremendous health benefits that we’ve lost over the centuries.

I began trying some of the practices described, like breathing more slowly (using methods familiar from when I used to do yoga more regularly years ago), and especially breathing through the nose. All the time.

This nose-breathing seems to be key to a lot of breath practices, whether covered in Nestor’s book or not. Being someone who advocates extensively for the physical, mental, spiritual, and community benefits of walking, I’ve been interested in the potential of combining breathing advice with . . . well, with walking. Nothing fancy, just the kind of walking around town I do for an hour or two most days.

Breathing isn’t hard, right? I breathe, you breathe. All day every day. And conscious breathing during a yoga or meditation…



Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik is the author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time; walking, tech, community, and embodiment.