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There’s nothing more refreshing than a walk outside on a beautiful day. Living in the Valley, we are not only fortunate to have a wealth of beautiful days but also a picturesque mountainous backdrop to accompany them. If that isn’t enough to motivate you to want to go for a walk, here are 5 more good reasons:

  1. Regular physical exercise improves health and can keep your mind sharper. Many people say it makes them feel and look younger.
  2. Exercise is an anti-depressant. Regular exercise can give you more energy and improve your mood.
  3. Exercise can be a social activity. Next time to you see a friend or relative, catch up over a walk.
  4. You can start as small as you like. Even a few minutes of exercise does the body good.
  5. You can combine walking with other hobbies. For instance, bring a camera and take pictures of flowers or landscapes. Listen to an audio book.  Walk the dog – or borrow a friend’s dog.

Go for a walk whenever is best for you. If your body feels stronger in the mornings, take advantage of that. All you have to do is step outside your house. But, if you’re in the mood for a stroll through the park, here are a few local suggestions. Click on the addresses next to the park name for a map that shows you how to get there.

Stoney Mountain ParkInglestone Drive and Cinnabar Avenue, Hemet, CA

Stoney Mountain Park, Hemet

Oltman ParkCawston Avenue and Eaton Avenue, Hemet, CA

Oltman Park, Hemet

Simpson Park – Rawlings Road and Margaret Lane, Hemet, CA (There are 19 different trails – you can pick up a trail map from the Visitor’s Center)

Mary Henley ParkSouth Kirby Street and West Johnston Avenue, Hemet, CA (0.75 mile paved walkway around the perimeter of the park)

So treat yourself and get out there. You’ll be happy you did.

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