I’m a big fan of green exercise; I’d much rather go out in the woods than go into a gym, even though I know there are great benefits to the kind of workout I’d get at the gym. But the walk in the woods has its own benefits, and they go beyond the physical. A walk in the woods is good for the mind and the spirit as well as the body.
It turns out it’s good for the brain as well. A study used ultrasound to measure blood flow through the carotid artery, and found that our steps cause a pressure wave that affects blood flow and diffusion in the brain.
We’ve obviously always known on some level that walking is good for us, but I’ve never identified the clarity of mind that comes with a good walk as a side effect of the increase in blood flow through the brain. How fascinating!
But here we are—on a holiday weekend, and the warmest, prettiest pre-summer day of the year! Let’s go outside! It’s a bike-ride day if I ever saw one. Enjoy!