One of the great things about living in Maine is that you are never very far from some amazing nature. This past weekend I was able to cross “stay at that amazing house on top of Morse Mountain” off my bucket list.
I have admired that house every time I have hiked the two miles up and down the other side of the mountain to Small Point Beach. Luckily for me, my friend turned 40 and his wife bought him a weekend on the mountain to celebrate. The weather was very un-Maine like, so we were able to enjoy hiking and playing on the beach without 10-below wind chill. We were also able to enjoy watching all the hikers, from 8 months to 80 years old laughing, smiling and getting some good exercise. Mainers know that, when the weather is nice, you have to head outside. The nice weather could be fleeting. I hope you all got outside for some fresh air and exercise last weekend and will do the same this weekend.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. People who need to lower their blood pressure or cholesterol are advised to get 40 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity 3 to 4 times a week to lower their risk for heart attack or stroke.
You can accomplish this by hiking a beautiful mountain, or as I did today (it is pouring outside) by walking laps around your office building. I hope that, in honor of American Heart month you commit to taking care of your heart by getting the recommended exercise. Oh, and if this 40-50 degree weather continues, get outside!