As many of you may already know, I now live at the beach and I love it. I originally moved here for a change in climate, having moved from a rural New England town with way too much snow and cold for me.
This community has much more than warm weather and a beautiful beaches, it has a one mile long boardwalk that’s perfect for walking. It even has markers every 1/8th mile on both sides showing how much you’ve walked. And I’m not the only one who has fallen in love with it.
Every morning, through all four seasons, people gather to walk. Some bring coffee, others their dog or in many cases their dogs. Some run, some bike, most as I do, manage a very brisk morning walk. I enjoy listening to my Kindle Touch read to me as I walk. My original goal was simply to add walking to my regular fitness routine, but I soon found it had other benefits.
Walking seemed to stimulate my thinking process, which has helped me in many ways. I write every day and the benefits of a stimulated mind, carries over to that process.
I firmly believe in The Law of Attraction principle that our main job is to manage our mood. Walking helps clear my head and lets me feel more alive. It is a perfect mood manager.
Sure I’ve had my share of treadmill miles, but this is different. The waves are crashing on the beach, not 50 feet away. The sun shines along the water giving me a new and spectacular view every morning. The people who I pass or see coming from the other direction smile and say “hello.” It’s so pleasant, it’s almost surreal.
Today in my email inbox, I received a newsletter from Sharecare touting the benefits of walking Click here to read the article. I was not surprised to read that walking just one mile per day could help brain function. “Our brains tend to shrink as we age, just like a piece of fruit on the counter. But you could help keep your brain plump and young just by walking about a mile a day.”
The article further went on to say that “In a 9-year study, people who walked just 6 to 9 miles each week preserved significantly more gray matter as they aged, compared with their more sedentary peers.” Wow, all that from doing something fun!
Little did I know that my new found hobby of walking would bring so many benefits. So I did some more research and found numerous other articles to support that premiss. One from HealthGuidance suggests that walking not only limits brain shrinking, it may actually cause it to grow! It further suggested that walking could help you feel calmer and happier. Both benefits I’ve already experienced.
Walking is also something families can do together. Not only will everyone benefit from the positive affects of walking, but if done with fun in mind, it could help family closeness and bonding.
So my takeaway was that I stumbled onto something that felt good and, indeed, was good for me. Since I started my morning walks, I’ve met others who share in my enthusiasm. Many of us now meet for our morning walks. My Kindle stays in the car now.
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