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Increase Wellbeing with a Leisurely Walk

Woman walking through a beautiful green park. Walking has numerous health benefits. In fact, walking just 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce your risk for major chronic diseases. There are even more benefits if you walk outside, preferably in a green space, such as a park or hiking trail.

Before you go out into nature, assign and write down a number on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent) that describes your physical, mental, and spiritual health. (You should have 3 numbers.)

Then go for a leisurely walk in nature, stopping as you wish to enjoy the scenery or rest. Practice deep breathing as you walk, or sit down if you prefer. Let your thoughts come and go, without worrying or fantasizing about anything. Simply notice nature around you--the breeze on your face, the smell of recent rain, or the sound of birds chirping.

When you return home, immediately evaluate yourself using the same scale you used when you left. Now compare your numbers. Has anything changed as a result of your walk?

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