See the new research below, and get outside in a quiet place for a walk.
In the past several months, a bevy of studies have added to a growing literature on the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors. That includes recent research showing that short micro-breaks spent looking at a nature scene have a rejuvenating effect on the brain — boosting levels of attention — and also that kids who attend schools featuring more greenery fare better on cognitive tests.
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet” Thich Nhat Hanh
Happy thoughts from the Huffington Post:
Spring is an opportunity to shed our bitter-weather blahs and adopt a happier, more mindful attitude. And what better way to do that than reconnecting with nature? There are some serious health perks to getting outdoors, from relieving stress to boosting brain function. If that doesn’t convince you, take a look at the inspirational illustrations below, which remind us not only to appreciate our lush surroundings, but know there’s always room for growth. So long, winter blues!
I am excited to become a Move It Monday Ambassador. It is my passion to walk or bike and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. As you walk notice the birds, butterflies, colors of the day as well as the trees, plants, flowers and whatever is part of your outdoor space. It is a beautiful and fascinating world, get moving and have fun. Today as I was walking in Northern Wisconsin I saw a fox, an eagle, monarchs butterflies, and three other butterfly species. I heard song sparrows and white-throated sparrows sing.
Monday, August 25
Fresh sunny air after a rain storm… Great for a 3 mile walk. I saw 3 monarchs, a comma butterfly and migrating kinglets (little birds).
This morning on my walk, August 4, I saw monarch and fritillary butterflies. Also, I heard a veery sing and saw flicker woodpeckers.
Monday, August 17,
Yesterday I walked to the Farmer’s Market, today I walked 2 miles to shopping and the library. A great way to get easy exercise!