Hippocrates said, “Walking is a man’s best medicine.” In Port Ludlow, the opportunities for walking are endless. With 26+ miles of maintained trails you can hike by the water, in the woods, and everywhere in between.
Whether you’re trying to get in your daily exercise, your canine companion is begging to get outside or simply to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature – a daily walk is beneficial for mind, body, and spirit.
Improve your Mood
Walking outdoors has the amazing effect of making a dreary day into a great day. When we walk, we release cortisol (aka the “stress hormone”) as well as endorphins (our natural painkillers). By releasing these hormones, walking makes us feel happier and more enthusiastic. Walking alone is great for clearing your head or blowing off steam, but walking in groups is a way to connect with family, friends, and neighbors.
Researchers discovered that walking can improve the two types of thinking that are associated with creativity – convergent and divergent thinking. According to scientists, walking outside can open the free flow of ideas. In addition, walking can increase your memory, cognition, learning, and even the size of your brain while lessening your risk of developing illness such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Get Rid of Allergies
Put down the Claritin and get outside! Walking outdoors for just 15 minutes can reduce the annoying allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, and runny noses by up to 70%.
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to increased blood pressure, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Cardio exercise like walking does not just reduce but also reverses damage to our bodies.
Studies have shown that 150 minutes a week of brisk walking can add over THREE years to your lifespan. Exercise is often referred to as a “miracle drug” as it can prevent cancer, lung disease, and numerous other conditions and illnesses.
Written by: Kaitlin Chester