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The weather outside may or may not be frightful, but the many health benefits of going outside for a walk are some of the most delightful in all of exercise. Winter is typically a time for hibernation and cuddling up inside. Nothing could make the warmth of inside sweeter than spending some time outdoors. Walking is often shunned as exercise. Conditions are given to walking like how far you walk and how fast in order to reach an aerobic state. Over 140,000 U.S. adults were studied to examine the benefits of walking. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study found that walking can reduce mortality risk and improve health. Moreover, the researchers were able to conclude that the 150 minutes of walking recommended per week might be too much walking. Less walking could still produce great benefits.

Taking a walk outdoors is hugely beneficial to those who are in recovery from trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Isolation is a common battle for those who are in recovery. Staying cooped up in the house is appropriate sometimes, when it is necessary, but can become a deterrent to recovery when it is taken to the extreme. Getting outside fights isolation. Once outside, those in recovery are exposed to many elements which help their wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Sunshine provides excellent Vitamin D, boosting levels of happiness and energy. Being exposed to the blue sky, green plants, and other local nature is scientifically proven to increase wellness, reduce inflammation, and overall provide better health. The very action of getting up, getting out, and getting the body moving can help fight depression and manage the energy caused by anxiety. Apps like Headspace offer walking meditations to bring an element of mindfulness into a walking practice. Walking provides time to listen to calming music, an inspirational or informative podcast, or a new audiobook. During a walk, there are opportunities to practice mindfulness in other ways like utilizing the senses, noticing, and paying more attention to the world around you.

Wellness of the mind, body, and spirit are priority when you are in one of the residential treatment programs at The Guest House Ocala. Call us today for information on our concierge style treatment and long term options.  1-855-483-7800