When was the last time you went for a walk outside?
I actually just got back from a walk here in my neighborhood in West Seattle.
The funny thing is that I didn't even have the idea to do this today. I was trying to do something online in my Airbnb and the internet is not that great so I told Deanna (my girlfriend) to drop me off at a coffee shop on her way to work.
The internet was better there and I got some of my things done but it was nice to get outside.
After my coffee, I decided to just start walking back to my place.
I took a couple of pictures on the way home. It feels good to be out in the open air. Actually it has been proven by many that being outside feels "good."
Here is a study published in 2014 that shows positive changes in people's cardiovascular health and anxiety just after a stroll through the forest.
It seems as though just going outside recalibrates your senses.
Ever wonder why all of the annoying couples on HGTV want houses with natural light?
Natural light helps increase productivity and supports relaxation.
All of those business skyscrapers have been built with natural light in mind since the 1950s and those plans were based on ancient Roman laws.
Even the chickens in my front yard have to get out of the coop!
Now reduced stress and productivity is great and all but let's get to the real reason I enjoyed my walk today. I was able to see my neighborhood in a different light. I was able to see parks and shops that yelp didn't even know about.
As a matter of fact, I walked into a bar that had a beer for $1.50 during their happy hour. I left there hours ago and I still don't see anyone else mentioning that bar online.
This Dive bar named the Locker Room on 16th ave and Roxbury St is at first intimidating, but the people inside were welcoming and laid back. Everyone in the Locker Room was just there for a cheap drink and a neighborly conversation.
This weekend I think I am going to take a walking tour of downtown Seattle. It'll be great to get outside (even when it is so cold) and see new things. Walking tours are already popular in travel but now I think I know why.