Why Walks in the Country Do the Soul (and the Body) Good

by Merissa on June 10, 2014

in Simple Living

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Ever since the daytime temps got above 50 degrees, our favorite evening activity is a walk down one of the many country roads around our home. We are the only "lived in" house for miles so we have quite a stretch of peace and quite that we can enjoy and many things to see along the way. Taking a walk down a quite country road isn't just about having something to do in the evenings but it can benefit your body and soul in many ways. Here are just a few of the reasons why we love our evening walks.

It Sparks the Imagination

When I'm in a writing rut or when we are faced with an issue we don't quite know how to handle. There is nothing that helps solve the problem like a good long walk down a quiet road. The fresh air will clear your mind and you can see things in a different light. Not to mention it will give you more free time to talk over the issue, either with yourself or with your family/spouse. This can truely be a great way to get some creative problem solving going!

It Keeps You Healthy

Walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy and stay in shape. It's a relatively easy exercise for most people, young and old that strengthens your heart, lowers disease risk, keeps your body toned and fit, and gives you a boost of energy. Now I'm not sure about you but I can sure you an extra boost of energy working around the homestead some of these long tiring days!

It Boosts Your Mood

Some days of living the "simple life" can be long and hard. The work is tough and sometimes you start to wonder why you decided to do this and if there isn't an easier lifestyle. A nice long walk will help boost your mood and keep you happy. Studies have shown that walking adds endorphin to the bloodstream that reduce stress and anxiety.

It Gives You Vitamin D

It seems like we hear quite a bit now about how important Vitamin D is for our bodies. Vitamin D is hard to get from food sources and the best way to absorb it is from the sun. Walking gives your body a chance to do just that. Just don't forget to be safe in the sun...using a natural sunscreen (that will still allow vitamin D to enter) and using sunburn relief home remedies if necessary.

Do you enjoy country walks?

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1 danielle June 10, 2014 at 6:53 am

That sounds amazing. I love going on evening walks but there are a lot of people where we live. To have miles of no one else would be bliss.

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2 Nessa June 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I found your site last night and I just wanted to tell you that I really LOVE it. Really. I’ve been reading so much of it and I can’t even decide what to try first, but I’m so excited that I found it, I’ve already shared it, so thank you and you have a beautiful week !

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3 Merissa June 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Welcome!

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4 Lisa June 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Sounds wonderful! We live in a small town, but not away from everyone. I would love the seclusion.

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5 Michelle June 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I love walks in the country! When I first met my husband and he visited my home, he said he felt like he was in an outdoor church visiting with God it was so peaceful. This time of year our walks would include being bitten by mosquitoes…so we usually just sit on the back porch sipping coffee (or as my family says, cream with a little coffee please!). As dairy farmers, we get to “walk the country” all day long, and there’s no place we’d rather be. Low stress job, fresh air, and the occasional staccato of a bird in the tree or new lambs playing. Right now I am working at a temp job for a few weeks, and my only thought is wondering when I can get back outside and away from artificial air conditioning…

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6 Rebecca June 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

My favorite place to walk to is my pap’s. He is 90 years old and only live 1/2 mile away. And even better, is taking all the kids and lunch with me to have a little picnic at his pond. Right now there are LOTS of tadpoles to catch!

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7 Debbie June 11, 2014 at 4:10 am

I live about an hour outside “the city” in a little town. We have our own little woods on our 5 acres that we walk in almost every night after we get home from work (well except for now when the gardening takes over!). It really helps me unwind to be able to anything outside when I get home.

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8 Marisa Slusarcyk June 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Oh how I miss my farmland and my country road. I was just telling a friend how I miss my grapevines, raspberry bushes, pin-cherries and apple trees, not to mention the flowers. While I am still on a large acreage I am at my parents place paying down debt and they live off a highway, walking down the highway just isn’t the same and most days the trail through the property isn’t walker friendly because of rain turning it into mud. It doesn’t stop the dogs though, they walk themselves down that trail everyday if I won’t because it’s too wet. I think you are perfectly right though, if an animal like a dog (or 3) will walk down that country path everyday and come back with a happy face feeling good then maybe I should brave the mud and bugs and go to! Thank you for sharing. It really is the simple, small things, that make the big things seem so much easier! You are such a blessing!

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9 Jane June 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

Ahhhh, I love that feeling and I need to do it more often!

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