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It reduces my stress level. After a long day, I go for a walk. I can literally feel the stress and anxiety begin to melt away within minutes.

When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. https://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety

It helps keep my blood pressure where it needs to be.

A new study shows that even a little bit of weekly exercise is enough to lower blood pressure and improve overall fitness. The results showed that 30 minutes of walking three times a week -- even if it was broken into 10-minute walks throughout the day -- was enough to have a healthy effect on blood pressure as well as measurements around the waist and hip. A Little Walking Cuts Blood Pressure
It helps me sleep better at night. I have always been a restless sleeper and have trouble falling asleep. Walking has helped me with that.

Going for a brisk daily walk won't just trim you down, it will also keep you up less often at night. Exercise boosts the effect of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin, Dr. Carlson says. A study in the journal Sleep found that postmenopausal women who exercised for about three-and-a-half hours a week had an easier time falling asleep than women who exercised less often. 8 secrets to a good night's sleep - Harvard Health
In the end, my biggest reason is simply because I feel better. :biggrin:

How about you? Do you try to find ways to get some exercise in at least a few times a week?
 

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I hike, snowshoe, rock and ice climb. Here I'm climbing up a frozen waterfall. I try to get out weekly for a few hours.
 

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I love the picture!

We don't have snow around these parts but I love spending my time on the trails. Mostly I go to our state parks because often I camp alone (out of choice) and it just makes me feel a little bit safer. My next goal is to do some longer trails over a week or two.
 
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