It’s no surprise I am a big fan of walking. Heck, the name of my website is Short Walk Home. That’s a pretty big tip-off. It doesn’t take much to get me out for a walk in my beloved Elizabeth neighborhood. My dog, husband or a beautiful day is all the only reason I need.
My neighborhood has lots of sidewalks, wide streets, giant old growth trees everywhere and character around every corner. It might sound like I’m being dramatic but I always feel like I’m walking through a dreamscape when I walk around Elizabeth. Elizabeth is accessible from almost every street going in and out. Life and activity washes over this neighborhood and makes it a happy place.
This year when you consider your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider adding a weekly walk to your routine. You know it will help with those health goals. Don’t wait until Spring! Start building your habit now.
ANYTIME of year is a great time for a walk and here’s why.
Get to know your neighbors
Strike up a conversation over the holiday decorations…. Or when they are planting flowers in the spring. You just might meet someone new to go grab a beer with or find a new playmate for your kids. The more we know about our neighbors the more you will feel connected and invested in the neighborhood.
Explore your neighborhood
Cars go to fast for you to notice everything from behind the wheel. When you’re on foot, it’s easier to admire the scenery from the pace of a walk. You’d be surprised at the different perspective you get. Let’s be honest, it’s also a also a good way to see what your neighbors are up to. My one rule in moving to a new city is simple: Live within walking or biking distance to a great cup of coffee and a cold brew.
Going outside is good for your health
Research shows getting a breath of fresh air improves your blood pressure leaving you feeling energized and relaxed. Several studies show that a 15 minute walk after a meal improves digestion. Plus, a brisk walk is a good way to get your body moving without feeling like you are exercising.
Boost your creativity
A lot of writers were faithful walkers including William Wordsworth, Henry David Theoreau, and Virginia Woolf. If you are a creative type and feeling a little stuck, a walk is a great way to clear your head. Sometimes a change of scenery is just the jolt your brain needs to free up more creative ideas.
You don’t have to spend a dime, just a little time. Take the kids. Go by yourself. Walk with a friend. Talk to your dog. It’s quality time thats way cheaper than dinner or the movies.
Elizabeth and all of my favorite neighborhoods are unpredictable and eclectic. No car, truck, person, biker, walker, runner is kept out.
You can find the walkability of every neighborhood right on my website .