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?