Take a walk in nature

This post was written by DoctorJay on August 6, 2009
Posted Under: health tips

I have previously written about walking and how it is good for your eyes . Of course the great advantage of walking is that is a wonderful low impact exercise which can be done anywhere by just about everyone no matter where their health level may be.

There is something about the natural environment which makes one feel free and good. Just looking at a photo of nature calms one and lowers the blood pressure. Walking in nature multiplies the effects of either just walking or just observing nature.

No matter where we live, we can find nature near within an hour or so of driving time. Often in the suburbs we may even find back streets within walking distance of our house which are countrified.

Also there are parks in cities which allow us to get away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. Some parks like Griffith Park in Los Angeles are quite large and hilly.

There’s a hike in Griffith Park which takes one to the top of the Hollywood Hills and one can get a 360 degree view of both Los Angeles and the Valley (San Fernando Valley for those not living in LA). It takes two hours to climb up there but it’s well worth the effort.

If this walk in nature is impossible to do one can always do it in one’s imagination. I will write about visualization and guided meditation later on. For now close your eyes and take a deep breath to relax your body and mind. Now imagine you are going on a walk on the beach, in a wood or on grass in a meadow.

Since it is your imagination you can pretend you are walking barefoot. Walking barefoot improves posture, circulation and allows you to accumulate Prana or Chi (natural energy).

Not everyone lives next to a lake, a sea or ocean but again most people live near a river or stream (most cities are situated near or on bodies of water). Walking by water is again a great way to increase your natural energy (Prana or Chi)

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