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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Walkable Cities: Enhancing Our Health

I've been taking gain of the satisfactory weather than has eventually reached Michigan. (Spring did not honestly display up till a couple of weeks in the past. Mind you, it's now the middle of June) I've started out strolling in the tremendous exterior once more, playing blue skies and fresh air.

I recently found that certainly one of my favourite stroll routes has been pleasantly modified, " thanks to new widened sidewalks. I walked some distance enough to move over a new strolling bridge, which had once been honestly a lifeless-give up to the sidewalk. If I'd been influenced sufficient to walk to our nearby park (any other mile and a half of down the road), I could have wandered around for all time on all the forested walk/bike paths our park has to provide.

This is one of the things that makes my network (Sterling Heights, Michigan, a suburb of Metropolitan Detroit) a tremendous vicinity to stay - becoming an increasingly "walkable" metropolis, at the side of the large taking walks/bike trails at Dodge Park. And whilst our City "Recreates Recreation," at some point of the following few years, our residents can have even more "get healthy" options: an Ice-rink, skate-park, canoeing/kayaking, and persevered improvement of hiking/biking trails.

According to On Common Ground, a mag produced by the National Association of Realtors, there was an expanded demand for "walkable" groups. Over 1/2 the humans these days surveyed by using the Urban Land Institute need to live in places in which they are able to power much less, and stroll greater. This includes two of the biggest demographic corporations, millennials and baby boomers.*

In the Metro Detroit region, a few communities, including Royal Oak and Rochester, offer a "downtown" region that bustles with neighborhood stores, restaurants, and different services. People of all ages get the pleasure of clean air, humans watching, and spending their money at local organizations.

It seems like a lot of us are sooner or later knowing the cost of walking and different bodily activity in our hectic, electronically-related lives. As we maintain to live longer, we're learning that fitness is our best wealth. Walking, bicycling, swimming, or even gardening can gain both our physical and mental fitness. Exercising outside presents many blessings. There's simply some thing approximately being within the sparkling air this is now not handiest energizing, but mood-lifting as nicely.

Walking and different physical interest can assist us

(1) Avoid age-related ailments
(2) Beat the blues and manipulate stress and melancholy
(3) Strengthen and even "grow" our brain cells, which enables our memory and different cognitive features
(four) Boost our power
(5) Tone our muscle tissue and defend our bones
(6) Lose weight and maintain that weight reduction
(7) Boost our self assurance and self-esteem
(eight) Help our posture, improve our balance and flexibility

This is all first rate stuff! I feel fortunate to live in a community that realizes that taking walks leads to higher health and is making it simpler for its residents and personnel to "simply move."

Source:
*National Association of Realtors. Winter 2017. On Common Ground.

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