A winter walk for better health

Candlelight walk on the Gateway State Trail.

The thought of a winter walk may chill you to the bone, but do so, and you’ll age better.

Researchers at King’s College in London found that the stronger your legs are over time, the fewer age-related brain changes you’ll have. In short, to keep your smarts, strengthen your legs. An easy way to do that? Walk.

If you walk beneath a starry sky down a candlelit path, in the company of family and friends, even better.

From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 25), you and your family can take a candlelight walk on the Gateway State Trail. The luminaries start at the Wildwood Elementary School, 8698 75th St. N., Stillwater, and line the trail for about one mile. A bonfire to warm and beverages to refresh will be available.

The Gateway State Trail is a converted rail trail and offers 18 paved miles for non-motorized use. It starts in St. Paul, and travels through Maplewood, North St. Paul and Oakdale, through Washington County, ending at Pine Point Regional Park. The trail connects with several parks and trails, including the Phalen-Keller Regional Park and the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. From start to end, walkers will pass downtown St. Paul, the State Capitol, parks, lakes, wetlands and fields.

On Jan. 25, however, one of those miles will be lined with flickering light. Dress for the weather and walk for better health.

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