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Our view: New year's resolution: get outdoors and feel better

One thing we’ve learned over the years is that no matter what happens in life it doesn’t stop – even during the toughest of times – and the best coping mechanism is to keep moving.

We’ve also learned that getting outdoors is a great place to do that moving. That’s why we weren’t surprised when we published a story recently on yet another study that found that walking, running or just being outdoors is good for your health.

Google “study shows outdoors good for you” and you’ll receive a host of links to articles and professional studies reporting that time outdoors can not only make you feel better in general, it can improve your short-term memory, help fight depression and anxiety, lower your blood pressure and may even help prevent cancer.

Next Monday, Jan. 1, Kendall County residents of all ages will have the opportunity to get outdoors and help walk in the New Year by joining the annual New Year’s Day Hike. The annual event will step off in the Hoover Forest Preserve off Fox Road in Yorkville.

Admission is free, but organizers are asking participants to bring three cans of soup. Some of the soup cans will be placed in a communal pot and heated up for some post-hike nourishment, while the rest of the cans will be donated by hike organizers to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry in Yorkville.

First organized by the former Boy Scout Leader Del LaGow and the late Richard Young, both of Oswego, about two decades ago, the walk annually attracts between 50 to 100 walkers, depending upon the weather.

But don’t let the weather get in the way on New Year’s Day for a chance to keep moving and get outdoors. Dress appropriately and you’ll find that you won’t notice the cold after five minutes of hiking among the natural, scenic beauty of the Hoover Forest Preserve.

We guarantee that after the hike, a cup of that hot soup from the communal bowl will be the best thing you’ve tasted since at least Thanksgiving dessert.

We’ll also guarantee that when you return home from the hike you’ll feel a sense of personal achievement and your spirits will be lifted – further confirming all those highfalutin’ studies about the benefits of being outdoors.

Note: For more information on the New Year’s Day hike, contact Al Birdwell at 630-553-9096 or visit facebook.com/day1hike.

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