‘We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…” -Mother Theresa

“In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman

I love nature.  Most people do.  We are surrounded by so much industry and technology, nature tends to take a back seat.  But, it does offer a respite and escape from the daily hum drum of life.  I enjoy getting out in the fresh air and stillness of the outdoors away from everything.  Parks are and have been an important piece of nature for us to enjoy.  These local parks are designed and preserved for the use and pleasure of people like us!  They offer so many opportunities for health and wellness.  Sometimes, I wonder why there are not used more!

Some people would argue that parks are only enjoyable during the summer months: when the weather is hot and the elects do not bother as much.  I argue the opposite.  Parks are most fun when the seasons are changing.  When the season changes from one to another, nature is buzzing with excitement: leaves falling, birds chirping, brisk air blowing.  See what I mean?  Going to the park can be an exhilarating and even exciting experience.

Even so, I have observed several benefits when working out in parks or nature:

-The possibilities are endless: you have walking paths, running trails, green spaces, and so many areas to explore

-The park welcomes every kind of activity: biking, walking, jogging, stretching

-People of all ages and situations can enjoy parks: old, young, middle aged, young adults

-You can find quiet and peace in parks.  Your mind will clear out when in nature

-Parks are typically judge free zones.  People typically mind their own business in parks

-You get a front row seat to nature!  Maybe see a couple deer, flocks of birds, and maybe some surprises

-Fresh air keeps you happy and healthy

-Most parks are free to use!

All in all, parks are a vastly undervalued resource.  They are all around and mostly free!  I encourage you to check out your local parks and include them in your lifestyle.  How do you use the parks around you??  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

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