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Print Posted on 03/26/2017 in Exercise

Flea Markets and Exercise

Flea Markets and Exercise

The effects of outdoor walking opens up the free flow of ideas

One off my favorite ways to spend a Sunday, is walking around Jake's Flea Market in Barto PA. I look forward to the opening day every Spring. Not only do I find unique items that I never knew I needed. But it is a great way to get some exercise. It takes me a little over an hour to walk up and down all the isles of this outdoor market. Looking at all the items for sale on the tables stimulates the creative process of the brain. The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition says "that walking boosts creative ideation in real time and shortly after. The effects of outdoor walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity." A perfect activity to bring the kids along with.

Walking helps to maintain a healthy body weight, increases your muscle and bone strength, improves your mood, helps to maintain proper coordination and balance, lowers your risk of disease and eases joint pain.

Comfortable shoes are a must. When I buy a new pair of shoes I take out the insoles and replace them with orthotics I trust. The shoes should be laced snug, but not to too tight or so loose that they cause friction rubs.

A morning routine of stretches every day, not just for days when you are exercises. The Yoga Journal website has a list of poses with instructions for specific body areas. No matter your size or weight, you can get a great stretch using yoga.

There are many benefits from having a daily walking routine. As little as 15 minutes van have a positive effect on your health.

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures by Lara Spencer
Focusing on nine different rooms (including her own recently purchased Manhattan apartment), Lara Spencer shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style. She takes readers through the step-by-step process of overcoming the challenges of the room, offering helpful tips and lessons along the way. She identi­fies the design dilemma; comes up with a decorat­ing plan; makes a mood board for inspiration; compiles a shopping list; scours flea markets for furniture and accessories that fit the bill; restores, repurposes, and reinvents the pieces she finds, giving them new life; and brings all the elements together in the gorgeous, finished space. With illuminating before, during, and after photographs of her DIY projects and the room installations, Lara demystifies the decorating process and allows readers to envision endless possibilities for what they can do in their own homes.

Give your ideas some legs: The positive effect of walking on creative thinking.
Oppezzo, Marily; Schwartz, Daniel L.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol 40(4), Jul 2014, 1142-1152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036577

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