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Discover How a Brisk Walk is Good for Your Mind

Posted by Nico Lund on January 15th, 2014

A Picturesque view from the main trail through Cowen Park.

Connecting the Ravenna, Roosevelt and University District neighborhoods is a well hidden slice of nature called Cowen Park.

Nestled at the North end of University Way NE, Cowen Park seamlessly flows into Ravenna Park with a beautiful network of trails and waterways, playgrounds and picnic shelters. Welcoming walkers, runners, dogs, kids and a host of birds, squirrels and other woodland creatures, taking a stroll through this urban park rain or shine can really benefit your health.

Studies have shown that getting out into wooded areas can prove to be very therapeutic. In the Journal of Affective Disorders, a study found that people who suffered from depression had an improvement on their cognition after a 50-minute walk. For a lot of us in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest gray can really get us down. It’s fortunate that we have so many easy to get to parks to inspire us to get our bodies moving and our minds relaxed.

When walking through Cowen Park, in addition to a plethora of bird and squirrel activity, you’ll hear the calming sound of water as you wander around. There are many short route’s that will take you on a short excursion, or spend a little extra time and explore all the way through.

We would love to hear your favorite spot to get fresh air during our cold months. Tell us your story in the comments!

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2 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Neighbor // Jan 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    And local drug addicts.

  • 2 udistrictdaily // Jan 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    It’s true that our local urban parks are frequented by many walks of life. I have walked my dog in almost every park in this city and have noticed undesirable activity in every one of them. It’s an unfortunate downside of having open spaces in our urban environment. Yet, it is still important to get outside and into nature as often as we can. Just make sure you keep yourself safe by walking during the day, stay on the main trails if you are unsure, and you can also walk with a friend or a dog (you can borrow a friends) if that feels little more safe for you.