Spring is here!
I am so excited to see the sun shining, the flowers finally blooming and the air to hold a little warmth in the morning. And I’m loving the new addition to my day – a walk around the block.
Need to clear your head? Take a walk outside.
Need to gain some perspective? Relax? Again, go for a walk.
Need exercise to get your heart-rate up? Purge some anger? Work out a problem? Avoid an unwanted guest? … Go walking.
Exercise clears the mind, helps improve one’s sleep, improves one’s mood, strengthens our bones and muscles, and helps prevent disease… Studies are also showing that the simply being outside does that too – the sounds, sun, solid ground beneath our feet – they play a vital role in our well-being.
Lizzy was Austen’s most famous walker, but Catherine, Emma, Marianne, Fanny, and Anne all walked as well. And another benefit? Good things happened on walks. Don’t forget it was during a walk Mr. Knightley proposed to Emma; Darcy to Elizabeth; and after one that Captain Wentworth handed Anne into a carriage and, I say, fell in love with her all over again. I don’t expect that much will happen to me… But I’ll still savor the exercise and the sunshine!