Monday, September 3, 2012

Get Out in the Woods

Self-Help Tip:
Get Out in the Woods 

“In every walk with nature
one receives far more than he seeks.”
~John Muir 
         Now that Summer's heat is receding, a walk in the woods in definitely in order. I love to walk in the woods in any season, but for me there is something primal about walking as the season changes. Being a witness to the changing season inspires me to get out of my head and go with the flow.
       The following is by an unknown author, from New York Times editorial, "The Walk," 25 October 1967, “How can you explain that you need to know that the trees are still there, and the hills and the sky?  Anyone knows they are.  How can you say it is time your pulse responded to another rhythm, the rhythm of the day and the season instead of the hour and the minute?  No, you cannot explain.  So you walk.”   
      From the Mayo Clinic website: "Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It's safe, simple and doesn't require practice. And the health benefits are many." 
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Stay strong and fit
 I can't think of a more enjoyable way to get some exercise, improve your health, and reconnect with nature. Go take a hike! 
“The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key. 
That's the best thing about a walking, the journey itself.
It doesn't much matter whether you get where you're going or not. 

You'll get there anyway.
Every good hike brings you eventually back home.
Right were you started.”

~Edward Abbey 

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