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Walking in the Rain- an antidepressant

Walking in general is an antidepressant. Walking helps increase important neurotransmitters, like serotonin, which tends to be low in people who have issues with depression. Any kind of exercise also reduces stress-related neurotransmitters like cortisol and epinepherine (adrenalin) that are responsible for higher levels of anxiety and hypervigilance. Walking will also increase the production of endorphins, the brain chemicals that enhance mood.

Walking in the rain offers extra advantages to walkers. Rain cleans the air of pollutants. The smell of rain can have a soothing effect. You burn more calories when you exercise in cold weather than in warm weather. Rain is soft, alkaline water and is good for hair and also moisturizes your skin. With no danger of overheating, you can walk at a faster pace and go longer distances. If you want a quiet walk, there will be fewer people. You can look forward to coming inside afterward to take a hot shower or sit by the fire with a hot drink and a good book. You've earned a reward.

A nice raincoat and waterproof shoes or boots will set you up to go. There will be dog walkers, rain or shine, so you won't be alone. An added social benefit might be to greet the dogs, learn their names, and meet their owners.

Another benefit for walks in the rain is to find photo opportunities to capture effects of rain water.

Are you ready for spring walking? I am. When I walk in the rain i feel a special satisfaction for not missing a day. And that means I am entitled to a reward.,.. Maybe that hot ginger lemon tea and a good book in front of the fireplace with a fur buddy snuggling on my lap to keep me company.

How's that for a happy picture?

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