Talk about natural medicine: More doctors are ordering patients outside to enjoy themselves.
Besides boosting feel-good brain chemicals, outdoor exercise improves high blood pressure and other disease risk factors while triggering an increase in blood levels of protective vitamin D.
To further crank up the endorphins, pick an activity that helps the planet. Check out cycling routes on traillink.com.
The free service from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (a nonprofit that helps convert out-of-use railroad corridors) provides interactive maps, reviews, and more.
Happy trails, indeed!
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