Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Today is the (unofficial) official “Take a Walk in the Park Day” (any excuse will do for me). That’s right, get out there today and take a walk in the park.

According to Everybodywalk.org  going on regular walks has a very positive effect on your overall health and well-being. In fact they also say that walking in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces has proven that people enjoy higher levels of health and well-being.

Walking in nature promotes total health, both physical and mental. An example of this can be seen by looking at the body’s relationship with stress after walking through an urban and a green environment. In one study, groups of university students were taken on walks through a forest and the city. Saliva samples taken from the participants before and after each of the walks demonstrated that the experience of walking through the forest reduced the participants’ levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, to a greater extent than did the city walk.

Walking in a natural setting reduces stress, promotes calm & relaxation, helps short term memory and helps the attention span of children with ADHD.

Find a trail at one of your local regional or local parks today. You can help the movement by posting a picture with the hashtag #takeawalkintheparkday.

 

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