Walking is one form of exercise that can be done literally anywhere you are. Anyone can do it no matter how old or young and all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes. Then, let your feet take you where they may.
The benefits of walking are endless.
– It is a low impact form of exercise
– Helps boost mood
– Helps lower blood pressure
– Helps lower cholesterol
– An activity the whole family can do together
– Offers a great way to sight see or get to know a new city
– Strengthens bone mass
– Prevents heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and arthritis
– Burns calories and helps to manage weight
In the past I never saw walking as a means for exercise. In college it was always just a way to get from one place to another (which I generally dreaded, especially in the winter). Now, I have learned to enjoy walking and have found it to be a great way to burn calories, spend time with my dog, and catch up with friends. It’s also a great way to get out and clear my mind. When I’m feeling stressed or frustrated about something, I have come to learn that taking a brisk walk can help tremendously and help me have a more positive outlook.
Weather permitting, Cooper and I go out for walks almost daily. We have our general 2-2.5 mile walk that we normally take, but on occasion we break out of the ordinary and try out a new locale. This week I decided to go to a nearby metro park for our walk. The sun was out and it was hot hot hot, so opting for a shaded walking path sounded much more appealing.
We took our walk over to Audubon Metro Park. Audubon is a fairly new park that I don’t think many people know about yet. The walking/jogging/bike path is paved and mostly shaded. It opens up at one point to give you a great view of the city, which you will see in the pictures below. It was actually a very lovely 3 mile walk 🙂
Check out the skyline!
They even have an outdoor climbing wall! I can’t wait to try it out! (You know….now that I’m a climbing pro and all 😉 )