Exercise is crucial for every healthy human being. It increases blood circulation, strengthens muscles, and promotes oxygen flow. With some of our favorite local exercise spots closed with Covid-19, we can be feeling cooped up in our apartments or work spaces. This can lead us to unwanted feelings, such as stress and tension. We would usually have the opportunity to do our minimal exercise by running to and from our workplaces, shopping at different stores, hopping on and off busses, and simply being out and about. But with lockdowns, quarantines, and working from home- we’ve cut down a lot from our day-to-day outings. Setting aside time daily, or even just weekly to go on a power walk can be invigorating and a healthy source of exercise. There are quite a few spots locally that are scenic and relaxing that can serve as a fun and free option! Although we might feel tired at the end of our day from all our day-to-day tasks and caring for our children, we must not forget to set aside time for self-care- to do some real exercise. But there is nothing like breathing in crisp fresh air and promoting blood circulation. Besides, exercise helps improve our mood and makes us feel happier and stronger.
There are many beautiful places to take a walk with a friend, a spouse or a stroller. (Not to compare the two.)
Ramat Eshkol– Ramat Hagolan has smooth sidewalks, trees and greenery. The traffic is low and it can serve as a peaceful oasis.
Maalot Dafna– Kvish Echad has a wide sidewalk along the train tracks surrounded by flowers and greenery. It is quiet and has ample space for a few people to walk comfortably.
Har Nof- Rechov Katzenelbogen stretches around the hill, with breathtaking views of Ya’ar Yerushalayim scenery. (At sunset it’s one of the most beautiful times to go, as the sky is a breathtaking panoramic hue of colors.)
Beit Shemesh– Gan Nachal Sorekh (Soreq) is a park with lots of nature, a pond and a trail made for walking. It is a fantastic option for you to slip away for an hour alone or to bring along the kids.
Giv’at Shaul– Kanfei Nesharim street is a long and wide street great for power walking that leads you straight to the gesher hametarim (the chords bridge). With less nature, but more busy life around you- you can tune out to the sounds of a busy street in the background.
All of these places are close by, convenient, and most of all-effortless fun! Don’t forget to wear comfortable, supportive shoes and of course always bring along a water bottle.
If you’re going walking anytime between 10 am and 2 pm and the sun is out- you may want to apply sunscreen to prevent excess UV exposure.
Finally, if you’re really tight in your schedule and need a quick way to get out- you’re in luck! With Chanukah here, we are blessed to be in Israel and feel the Yom Tov in the air. Taking a Chanukah walk is the greatest home-made entertainment all while being a source of fresh air and exercise. Just put on some sneakers and head out and down your local streets and you will enjoy the sight of hundreds of glowing menorahs peering from the windows. This sight will carry you through the year with warm feelings of light that the holy menorah provides. You will come home feeling uplifted and enriched- both physically and spiritually!
By setting aside time for ourselves we will be able to be the best versions of ourselves. We will be better to our co-workers, to our spouses, and to our children. So go for it! What do you have to lose? (Besides for a few calories…)