Take a Hike

| 12/21/2007 12:00:00 AM

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It's the holiday season and — for better or worse — we are all affected by it. This is a time that some yearn for all year while others wish it would just never happen. Whichever side you are on, there is no denying that the holiday season can be stressful.

So, maybe this week you might consider chucking all of the shopping and planning and cooking, just for an hour or so, and take your family out for a walk — no, not at the mall! The mall can be a great place to exercise during inclement weather, but the goal of this walk is to relieve stress and spend some non-commercial time with your family.

No matter where you live, you can go outside and walk. Walk around the block, to the corner market, the school playground or your neighbor's house. Take a few deep breaths before beginning, walk with a long stride and notice the world around you. Look at the trees, listen to the birds and smell the aromas of winter — moist soil, crisp dry nose-stinging air or soggy aromatic air. For the more adventuresome, you might want to go to a park or find a quiet dirt road for your walk.

But sometime in the next few days, just for an hour, take a walk, I promise you will all feel better for doing so.

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