Walking is one of my favorite things to do. Where I live, in Brooklyn, people walk everywhere, all year long, and I love this. It's so nice to run into different people on the street I have not seen in a while, or wander through the park and notice the changes in nature that happen every single day, like leaves growing and changing color, and flowers popping up everywhere.
I love seeing what's going in my neighborhood by just walking through it, noticing which stores are putting out their new holiday or seasonal stock, and which restaurants are offering yummy-sounding specials. Walking is also a great way to see the sights when you travel; it's a relaxing way to soak in any environment, new or familiar, at an easy pace. Now that it's warmer, I'm itching to have the opportunity to walk on a beach again soon. That's such a completely different experience from walking in a city. Doesn't it feel so great to feel the sand on your toes, make funny footsteps with your kids, and taste the salty ocean spray? And, I recently read that walking through a green or leafy area, or on the beach, literally reduces the stress hormones in your body and brain, and helps adults and kids focus and stay calm better than those who did not walk, or those who only walked through very urban, loud concrete areas. This makes a lot of sense to me, because I can personally feel the major differences in myself- and see them in my kid a bit too- when we walk, and depending where we are walking.
If you don't already enjoy walking regularly, I highly recommend it. Try it, you won't believe how much more you'll notice than when you're getting around in a vehicle. Spring is a wonderful time to get started, too, no matter where you live.
Do you and your family regularly enjoy walks?