An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
I love taking morning walks downtown. Our magical little town has one of the best
sidewalk walking trails complete with mile markers and, especially this time of year,
blooming Camellia bushes everywhere. On those walks downtown I imagine future
uses for the buildings that are vacant and the best exterior walls for murals. I say
hello to fellow walkers who have become familiar faces. And, most importantly, I get
outside and get moving.
Walking is a great way to exercise and get your day started with more energy
and an overall better outlook. Not only is walking known to improve mood, it also
helps with balance, coordination and blood pressure. A brisk walking pace can help
with weight loss and bone and muscle strength. Walking is a great way to start a
healthy routine and unlike many other exercises, it’s low impact and there’s no extra
training involved. Walking is perfect for just about anyone.
I usually start my walk in front of City Hall and head towards the Butler
County Courthouse. After looping the courthouse I go back past City Hall all the way
to the train bridge and the Chamber of Commerce building and then back up to City
Hall. It’s an easy walk that takes about 30 minutes if done slowly. If I’m with friends,
we will do that twice. If I’m not with friends, then I will listen to an audio book or
stop to take pictures of unique things I notice on the way. It’s my version of urban
exploration right here in the Camellia City and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect
place to do it.