Want to warm up this winter without hunching over the heater or fireplace? Then head outside for a walk.
Walking is a great activity for all ages and fitness levels, and winter is the perfect time for it when the midday UV factor is too low to worry about.
Walking is great for mind, body, and spirit. Mentally it’s been shown decrease stress levels and improve mental acuity. Taking a stroll outdoors provides a rest from sensory overload and allows us time to reflect or think about other things.
Physically it’s the perfect activity for us. You can walk off a meal, or work up an appetite for the next one. It gets the blood flowing, is low impact so easy on the joints, and is what our whole musculoskeletal system evolved to do.
Spiritually we feel more connected to life being in nature, which also sharpens our senses. Walking in nature also provides an opportunity for the universe to give us guidance on what’s going on in our lives. Pay attention to the animals that cross your path while you walk then look up their symbolic meaning for a very personal life lesson.
So go on, grab that new beanie or scarf you’ve been wanting to wear and get out in nature.