The Sensory Walk
|Awaken your senses for good health with a sensory walk.|
Perhaps it is the sound of the gently babbling brook nearby or the glorious scent released from the fallen leaves crunched underfoot. Maybe it is the brilliant sight of the burning bush as its boughs dance in the sunlight. Regardless of the cause, the effect is the same—an enlivened mind and body. Connecting and taking in the natural world around you can promote your well-being, especially when you make it a part of your walking routine.
Taking a sensory walk or hike allows you to experience the natural world in a personal way. It makes participation in exercise more enjoyable as well, because it shifts the focus from the amount of distance traversed to what can be gained and learned through your senses. Sensory walks provide many health benefits and can be taken anytime of year.
Sensory Walk Health Benefits
- Improved Mood
- Reduced Stress
- Decreased Anxiety
- Enhanced Personal Identity/Self-Esteem
- Increased Energy/Reduced Fatigue
- Improved Mental Focus/Attention
- Increased Mental Clarity
- Enhanced Creativity
- Make it social. Invite friends and family.
- Bring binoculars or a magnifying glass to get a closer look at your surroundings.
- Avoid areas surrounded by high automobile traffic, which may drown out the sounds of nature.
- Journal your experience. Write down what you hear, see, smell, feel and taste.
Personal Sustainability; May 15th 2010; "This Side of Paradise: Discovering Why the Human Mind Needs Nature;" Eric Jaffe
University of Michigan Michigan Today; "A Walk in the Woods;" John Lofy
SimpleOrganic.Net; July 26, 2010; "The Benefits of Getting Into Nature With Your Kids;" Eren;