Walking in Nature Just Got Easier on Cape Ann

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Walking on Cape Ann Just Got Easier! CATA offers public transportation to some of the Essex Greenbelt Trails on Cape Ann. For more information 

Nature Offers Many Health Benefits for Mind, Body and Spirit. A favorite ‘go-to’ activity of mine is a walk in the woods. Luckily, living on Cape Ann one need only step outside to enjoy beautiful woodlands. Whether on a quiet, solo walk for meditation and contemplation, a trail run for aerobic exercise, or a hike with friends to explore the paths and virtues of Dog Town, walking in the woods calms the mind, energizes the body and lifts your spirits. The woods is my ‘happy place.’ 

karen-and-friends-hiking-in-dogtown

Walking Cape Ann. Cape Ann has hundreds of acres of public, wooded paths. While you can create a relaxing ‘walk in the woods’ through guided imagery, visualization and self-hypnosis, actually being in the woods heightens the experience. Here, you can literally experience your breathing slow and your blood pressure lower as everyday stressors seemingly melt away.

Lost in the Woods. While I personally enjoy literally and figuratively  ‘getting lost in the woods,’ I recommend you plan ahead and have a good map or a local to guide you and follow safety tips. ‘Thank you’ to Gloucester resident Claire who recently gave me a lift after I veered miles off my planned route! Join me for a walk in the woods if you like but do keep  in mind, walking me with me can be an adventure.  😉

Tips for Safely Walking in the Woods –

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/recreation/safety-ethics/?cid=STELPRDB5365834

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/beginner/wilderness-threats/7-tips-from-female-solo-hikers/

http://www.outdoors.org

10 Essential for Your Hike (From the Appalachian Mountain Club) –

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Warm Clothing
  4. Extra Food and Water
  5. Flashlight or Headlamp
  6. Matches/Firestarter
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Whistle (Cell Phone)
  9. Rain Gear
  10. Pocket Knife

Dogtown Hiking GMG

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~ John Muir

I hope you make time to enjoy a relaxing walk in the woods this weekend.  ~ Karen

 

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC.  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. info@DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

 

 

 

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Get Fit – Walk, Run, Hike Cape Ann’s Beaches and Trails

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Get Your Sneakers and Hiking Boots On! Warmer weather is here to stay. Spring is a great time to get moving and get fit! Ralph Waldo Emerson said –  The First Wealth is Health! No time like the present to begin focusing on Your Good Health! 

Dogtown Hiking GMG

Plenty of Exercise Opportunities on Cape Ann, indoors and outdoors!

If you haven’t been exercising all along or took the winter off, begin with a discussion with your physician and ask for safe exercise guidelines. Start where you are. Set goals. Gradually increase either intensity, frequency, or duration. (One at a time!) See safety guidelines for exercise below.

Best Cape Ann Beaches for Walking – Good Harbor, Long Beach, Wingaersheek (Gloucester) Singing Beach (Manchester-by-the-Sea,) and Cape Hedge Beach (Rockport/Residents Only Parking.)

* Cape Ann Residents Get Your Beach Stickers! Visitors – Prepare to Pay for Parking; Car pool, ‘park and ride’ or take the C.A.T.A. bus.

Good Harbor Beach

Walk or Run. Enjoy Cape Ann’s fresh air while you move your body to a healthier you! On your own or with friends. Goals Can Inspire and Motivate you. Train and Prepare for a 5 K (3.1 miles.)

Get Fit At Any Age

Get Fit At Any Age

Spring/Summer Local Walking/Running Events (5 – 8 Kilometers.)
  • May 8th – Back Shore Gloucester 8K  (5 miles)
  • June 20th – Father’s Day 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile) Rockport
  • June 25th – Fiesta 5K (3.1 mile) Gloucester
  • Sept 7th – Run the Goose*  7K (4.3 miles)  (*Love Goose Cove!)

Goose Cove Reservoir

Information About Trail Hiking – 

My Favorite Hikes on Cape Ann – Dogtown, Halibut Point State Park, Ravenswood, Coolidge Reservation, and Many More! Fun for the Whole Family!

Family walking in the woods

Family walking in the woods

Remember to Exercise Safely! Check with your doctor before you begin an exercise program, especially if you haven’t been exercising or have a medical condition (disease.) Begin ‘where you are,’ and go from there.  Always exercise within safe guidelines as prescribed by your doctor and any personal limitations you might have. *If you experience dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain with exercise, stop and rest. If chest pain and/or shortness of breath continues – call 911! And even if it goes away with rest, follow-up with your physician to report and have it checked out.

For information on Safe Exercise

Check With Your Physician. Ask a Fitness Expert for Advice!

Exercise Safely, Make it Fun and Enjoy the Health Benefits for Mind, Body & Spirit!

~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.