June is National Great Outdoors Month, and what better place to celebrate than Maine? There are so many ways to get outside, enjoy the warm weather, and see some stunning parts of “Vacationland”. No matter what age you are or what your interests may be, you can find a way to celebrate the great outdoors this month!
Maine is known for its beautiful coastline, so taking a walk in the sand on one of the many Maine beaches is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Sand Beach in Acadia National Park is a 290 yard long beach with stunning views. For those looking for a longer walk, as its name implies, Long Sands Beach in York is the place for you! With about a mile and half of beach, you can walk at your own pace while enjoying the subtle smell of salt water in the breeze and the sight of Nubble Lighthouse only a short distance away.
Maine also has some great walking trails throughout the state that are accessible to people of all ages. One popular family-friendly trail leads you to a spectacular view of one of the highest waterfalls in New England- Moxie Falls. Another option that is just as easy to walk but offers more trail options is the Wells Reserve Trail System. Wells Reserve has over seven miles that you are free to walk on your own or you can sign up for a free guided tour of the trails (after paying the small entrance fee).
No matter what location you choose, walking can be an excellent way to get outside and get exercise! Walking on a regular basis can help manage your weight, which in turn will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more. Heart disease is commonly referred to as the ‘number one killer’ of women in the U.S; walking for only a half an hour each day has been associated with a 30 to 40 percent lower risk for heart disease in women! Click here to read AARP’s article on the numerous health benefits of walking. Remember, before you tie on those tennis shoes, just check in with your doctor to determine the level of exercise that is right for you.
With June being National Great Outdoors Month, why not get outside and explore our beautiful state? There are so many different options for people and families of all ages, no matter if you prefer the rocky mountain trails or sandy coastline. Walking the trails, sidewalks, or beaches of Maine is a wonderful way to see the state’s beautiful scenery and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Happy walking!