The Power of Walking | How to Lose Your Age on the Trail

Have you experienced the power of walking? Amid the dozens of exercise options, trends, and fads have you forgotten the potential power of walking for transformation?

This Flipping 50 episode will remind you.

You may not know, I owe my fitness career to a walking habit the summer between high school graduation and my freshman year in college. I walked daily with my mom that summer until I began dipping my toe into jogging. It was easy and effortless to walk just a little further each week and it changed my life. Our first walks were up to the Methodist church and back. Then it was to the cemetery, and then around as the weeks passed. I hope you love this episode as much as I remember fondly the power of walking those streets of my small town beside my mom.

Dami Roelse is certified life coach, writer and retired mental health provider. Born in Holland, Dami has traveled the world extensively, lived on different continents and has learned to use her travel as inspiration for living. Dami uses long distance hiking and backpacking as a means to deepen her connection with nature and the universe. Aside from trekking in the Himalayas and Morocco, walking and hiking in Europe, Dami has hiked more than 1500 miles of the Pacific Crest trail in the last 5 years. Dami writes about the benefits of walking, hiking and backpacking for women50plus.

Her book, “Walking Gone Wild, How to lose your age on the trail,” explores and explains walking, hiking, and backpacking as a means to re-invigorating life for women as they age. Interlaced with stories of real women who have built confidence through walking, it presents a new model of aging with vitality, grace, and a deepened connection to life. At age 71 Dami continues to go out for treks on the trail. She guides women50plus to hike and backpack to their ability, gain confidence and a new connection with living.

Dami blogs about transformational travel and hiking experiences on her website She is a regular contributor for Sixty and Meand TheTrekmagazine.

Questions we cover in this episode:

  • Why take up long distance hiking?
  • What age is too old for distance hiking?
  • Why did life coaching appeal to you?
  • Why the power of walking and not some other form of exercise?
  • What can women gain by taking up the walking life?
  • Where Dami walked? What’s a trip like for her?
  • What distinguishes a walk, a hike, and a trek?

Connect with Dami and learn more about the book:

Facebook: WalkingWomen50plus

Twitter: @dami97520 and

Instagram: @walkingwoman50plus.power of walking

Dami also hosts a Facebook group for women50+ interested in walking, hiking, and backpacking.

Is it time for you to discover or rediscover the power of walking?

Do you walk? Would you like some support? We do a monthly challenge inside the Flipping 50 Cafe membership to connect you with other women who have the same goal.

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