WINTER WALKING Being outdoors during the darker, chillier season is also good for your health and well-being. While walking in general is a great way to maintain fitness physically, it is also brilliant for boosting your feel-good hormones. Walking increases serotonin levels, which can help to prevent depression and the traditional autumn and winter blues.
The great thing about most Active Adult Communities is that they have sidewalks, walking trails, and plenty of places to walk. Plus many of your neighbors walk also. Good way to walk and talk and or solo walk while being close to home.
See the leaves and acorns in the above photo of the Deaton Creek Parkway. Those, especially when wet can get the strongest walkers on the ground in a hurry. One of our residents had a leg cast on this week because he fell on wet pavement. An walker who is a good friend slipped and banged his head on wet pine straw at the start of a race last Winter. He has had brain surgery. Just be careful. It can happen to you.
However the benefits of walking in Winter are many.
Winter walking plus-points
- Colorful autumn scenery
- Huge bright blue skies
- Saying hello to neighbors
- Wonderful crisp Winter weather
- Beautiful misty mornings and golden sunsets
- A walk on our community’s woodland trails
- Warming hot chocolates after a day’s walk.
- Dress warmly. Scarfs, hat, wind breaker, gloves, tights and undergarments, bright colors, thick socks, sunglasses, chap stick. All help.
Be safe and enjoy your walks!