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Visiting A Park Can Improve Your Health

By Tom Herrin

When was the last time you went to a park?  Maybe you go frequently, but many people never give it a second thought.  Virtually every community has some kind of park.  They have playgrounds, walking trails, historic attractions, and many other things.  They also have green things like grass, trees, bushes.  Believe it or not, going to a park on a regular basis can help you mentally, emotionally, physically, and socially.  We pass by them all the time.  If we would just stop and spend a few minutes, we might find that we have been missing something that has little or no cost and makes us feel better.

Improve Physically

For most people, the idea of a park may mean doing some physical activity.  Many have great walking, jogging, and biking trails.  They are usually designed for easy access.  Walking at a park is quite different from walking on a neighborhood sidewalk.  You have a greater sense of freedom.  You can pace yourself.  Many parks have tennis courts or ball fields where regular or spontaneous games can be played.  Being there will be encouraging to you to get some kind of exercise.

Mental And Emotional Stimulation Is Available

As soon as you step foot at a park, you may experience an increased awareness.  Not only are some of the natural smells inspiring but the sights will brighten your outlook.  Numerous varieties of birds and plants tend to be abundant.  You may broaden your appreciation of your surroundings.  If you take family members, they are sure to be uplifted.  The everyday worries we all have seem to take a break.  They may not seem as important as we thought.  Watching children play can have a positive effect on most people.  We tend to relate to our own youth.

Parks Are Great For Socializing

Many of us remember outings in which we went to a park.  Those are generally happy memories.  After my wife and I were married, we often went for a walk in a nearby park.  If you are not currently attached to someone, parks can be a really good place to meet people.  Folks in parks are normally in a better state of mind and more open to socializing.  A good thing in common is enjoying the park itself.  Spending time together at the swings is neither threatening nor obligating.  If you find yourself struggling with stress or other issues, try going to a park.  It may actually change your health for the better.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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