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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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YES, of course. I lived in South FL and enjoyed walks and Vita Course exercise stations on waterfront city parks. Well lighted, lots of people of various ages about, we felt safe, and enjoyed nice evening weather. So we kept fit and agile and in good shape and healthy. Moved to south-central TX and combination of hot stormy weather and not near shores or nice walkable parks turned us into "Mall Walkers", got exercise but it was much less desirable. Moved close to family in south eastern Ohio and we have to go to an indoor gym now. Its hilly here and weather is difficult, and there is absolutely nothing nearby in improved walkable parks! Our fitness and health declined this year! Not happy.

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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cw87027326 wrote:

Yes, I do believe where I live affects my health overall.  I feel very isolated and my husband will not go for walks with me in the evening.  We both should be walking more but there is an inherent danger where we live, due to strangers and basically, nowhere to walk that is fully lighted.  We have a very small circle of friends and they do not walk either.  


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Do you have a local Y where there might be a walking group?  or can you walk in the earlier evening or morning?  How about a church group?  You are right that walking is good for everyone and even regular shorter walks would help.  I hope that you find someone to walk with!

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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lsm15225 wrote:

Absolutely! A combination of retirement and moving to a block from the ocean, has meant I sleep better and feel calmer than ever before. Listening to the waves and being able to walk around the safe neighborhood, greeting locals and their dogs, and participating in small town life has all contriubuted to my current healthy (both physically and mentally) blissful state!


Your comments makes sense to me because I love living near the water.  It is such a calming factor in a today's busy lifestyles.  After a long day of dealing with telephones and email and commuting you can sit back and listen to the waves and just enjoy the view.

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Yes, I do believe where I live affects my health overall.  I feel very isolated and my husband will not go for walks with me in the evening.  We both should be walking more but there is an inherent danger where we live, due to strangers and basically, nowhere to walk that is fully lighted.  We have a very small circle of friends and they do not walk either.  

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Yes, where I live affects my health both positively and negatively.  We live in a small rural mountain community that has clean air, virtually no pollution (if you don't count cleaning the chicken coop), etc.  On the negative side, we have extreme heat which makes me dehydrated constantly.  Also, there's not much to do socially and since houses are far apart (I have no neighbors within over a mile on three sides of me and the third neighbor is never home and I've never met them) we don't really have "neighborhoods".  I feel isolated and lonesome.  I email friends and relatives daily but that's not the same.  When I lived in the city I had places close by to go and lots of people to talk with.  Now life is a void and my husband refuses to move. 

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Yes I know it affects my health

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Not to mention the availability and quality of health care.

Other factors include the prevalence of heavy drinking and smoking in some areas.

Quality of air.

Quality of jobs; how many offer healthcare assistance.

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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I, for one, would be surprised if there were not a link between location and health.  The environemnt in which you exist has an impact on your body and attitude, and all the influences of climate, cost of living, air and water quality, congestion, etc., will affect your health and well being.  Differenet people react to different areas, but everyone is affected by their location.  I don't particularly care for hot weather, so Florida and southern Arizona are not for me.  I like seasons, including winter.  That said, my area is not known for abundant sunlight (about 35% on average). Friends often head south for warmer climes while I stay up North, but I get lots of exercise al leyar, whether x-c skiing or snowshoeing, or biking and hiking.

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Absolutely but not always. I am now retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. I have water front property and look east onto Mt. Rainier. Every day I go for a 2 mile walk on a country road surrounded by evergreen trees and lakes and pastures. Each day and time I feel rejuvenated and feel and see the beauty of nature. As a consequence I appreciate life and take care of myself through eating healthy food, not much of it and imbibe in my nightly martini and glass of red wine. I love life and love being surrounded by the beauty of nature.

 

When younger and living in an urban city I did not let that stop me. I ran every day through streets to keep healthy and went hiking and camping as much as I could so that I could enjoy nature.

 

It is not so much where you live but your mind set and attitude. If you see the beauty and live around you then you see it and enjoy it. If you do not see the beauty then you can be in the middle of it and not know it at all. 

 

It is not so much physical location as it is mind set and awareness. 

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Yes, of course. In many places it becomes part of the local community culture. It's definitely that way here. Where I live there are many options for people to stay active. We have many neighborhood parks and greenbelts for getting outdoors. A lot of these have connecting pathways for both pedestrians and bicycles to travel. And for people who like to work out in a gym, there are various outlets all over town, and many offer senior discounts, too.

 

 The city has provided many new cycling paths for commuters who want to bike to work, or just cycling for sport. Many city buses can now accomodate bicycles, too.  Many of the larger businesses now have showers and changing rooms for their employees to exercise during the day. 

 

We also have access to healthy foods, fresh fish from the gulf, fresh vegetables and fruits, most locally grown or from nearby Mexico. Because there are so many options, we can buy healthy food at affordable prices. Some neighborhoods have started community gardening projects. Many local restaurants now offer healthier options on the menu, including vegan and vegetarian meals. Our city water quality is excellent, too.