Your mom was right: we need exercise, fresh air and sunshine! If you’re anything like me–a bookwormish introvert type–your default may be to stay inside, snuggled on the couch with a book and a cup of tea. That’s great, but not very energizing. If not balanced with some healthy outdoor activity it can start to feel isolating and depressing. Here in New Jersey we got six straight days of rain last week, and that’s enough cocooning, even for me. Time to get outside!
There are so many benefits to walking out in nature. Here are just a few:
- It’s great for cardiovascular health. (Just as beneficial as running!)
- It may seem counterintuitive, but it eases arthritis pain.
- It combats aging–strengthening bones, increasing mobility, boosting immunity, and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- It’s meditative, and reduces stress.
- It exposes us to sunshine and much-needed Vitamin D, and guards against Seasonal Affective Disorder as the days get shorter.
- It helps us sleep better at night.
From a high vibe standpoint, just being out in nature–among the trees, in the mountains, near the ocean, or just walking around your neighborhood–makes us feel better.
If you’d rather not walk alone, it can be a great social activity too. Thanks to my local Meetup, I take part in a walking group on Saturday mornings and have met some awesome people.
And on that note, time to walk my talk and get outside…