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How to Walk Your Way to Physical and Mental Health

March 16, 2021
Posted In: Life at Northstar

Recent research among current homebuyers reveals an interesting fact. Convenient access to outdoor amenities such as walking and jogging paths is at the top of their “wish” lists. For anyone leaving the hustle and hassle of living in a large city, in a small apartment or condo, a spacious home in a master-planned community such as Northstar, is a breath of fresh air. If that home will be located in a lovely neighborhood and near some beautiful walking, jogging, and biking trails, it’s just north of perfect!

As this community takes shape, in the near future, one of its most exciting features will be the walking, biking, and jogging paths. Well-maintained paths will run on both sides of Northstar Parkway and they will be huge – 10 feet wide!

Why Walking is So Popular – Physical Health Benefits

For thousands of years – since the dawn of spirituality and later modern health practices – walking has been seen as an important part of physical and mental health. With the addition of the new paths, residents of Northstar will realize benefits as they become a part of a daily wellness approach.

According to this article, “Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.”

Unlike weight-training and organized sports, walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day, and can be performed at one’s own pace. It can also be a social event when shared with neighbors. The walking, jogging, and biking paths in the Northstar community will have easy, safe access and promise to make this exercise fun.

Mental Health Benefits

Now, more than ever, everyone needs a little “de-stressing.” Regular walking can help transform the “new normal,” and the anxiety associated with this, into a calming change in lifestyle.

This article from a popular meditation and Zen website notes that “In many religious traditions, walking is a spiritual practice. The reason traditions like Zen use walking as a form of spiritual practice is that it can form a bridge between meditation and everyday life.

“Mindful walking is meditation in action. Like anything else, walking can be done either mindlessly or mindfully. It’s so easy to be mindless and drift away on thoughts and fantasies while living on autopilot.

“Mindful walking can teach us to stay in the moment and taste our life as it unfolds.”

Now is a Great Time to Follow the Northstar Home

Located just north of Fort Worth, Northstar is a master-planned community that will offer highly coveted amenities such as these 10 – foot – wide walking, jogging, and biking paths. Plus, easy access to the entertainment and cultural offerings of Cowtown, is just a few miles south.

Why not “stay in the moment and taste life as it unfolds?” Click here and let us show you what a real quality of life looks and feels like.