|Small group this morning|
Just a lovely "forest bath" with some of my favorite friends. According to some research, walking in a forest is much better for you than walking in the city. From that link:
One study published in 2011 compared the effects of walking in the city to taking a forest walk. Both activities required the same amount of physical activity, but researchers found that the forest environment led to more significant reductions in blood pressure and certain stress hormones.Of course, this group doesn't lollygag on the trail, but sets a brisk pace. However, it's certainly pleasant and does lower one's blood pressure, just being surrounded by all that green, birds singing, and everything in bloom. When I came home, I went out to the garden to get myself a snack.