It’s mid-spring and Vermont is just starting to turn green. Taking a daily walk is the perfect way to watch spring unfold, and one of the best ways to live a healthier life. Regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, strengthen your bones, lift your mood, and improve your balance and coordination, according to the Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical practice and research group.
Looking at the mountains right now, one can hardly believe Vermont is nicknamed the Green Mountain State, but over the next few weeks, myriad shades of green will inevitably blanket the landscape. Spring walks prime us to notice green buds magically appearing on the tips of branches, bright yellow daffodils and forsythia blooming, crocuses popping up, and Robins digging for worms.
I walk a couple of miles each morning and usually listen to music along the way. Except for this time of year, when the songbirds provide my playlist. Their music heralds all that spring offers – increased sunshine and daylight, the earth warming itself in preparation for growing season, and the onset of perfect weather for biking, hiking, running, fishing, swimming, gardening, tennis, golf, baseball, volleyball, outdoor concerts and festivals, triathlons, and treks.Research studies have shown that exercising in nature results in less fatigue, reduced anxiety, less hostility, more positive thoughts, and an overall feeling of invigoration, writes Madison Kahn in Outside Magazine, December 2012.
Whether you live in the country or the city, your health will improve, if you find some green space to walk through on a regular basis. Spring symbolizes new beginnings, so here’s your chance to do something for yourself, and observe nature’s beautiful transition from gray to green.
*Guest post by Jo Kirsch