If You Want To Heal, Find Water

Where did our water come from? One theory is from comets and  asteroids nearly 4 billion years ago. A more recent theory is that most of it was already  here, inside the planet, and it came to the surface over time. Either way, all of Earth’s water travels between lakes, rivers, oceans, the atmosphere, the land and living  things, including us. And the water we drink today is the same water that dinosaurs and the first humans ever drank. Mind-bending, huh? 

Bringing it back to you, you intuitively know how good water is for you. In fact, scientists who study the effects of “blue environments” say that we humans need the blue as much as we need the green. For more on the science, see “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do,” by Wallace J. Nichols. And lucky for us, we have access to water in a multitude of ways and forms. 

Swimming! Bring a towel and your coral-safe sunscreen to the beaches at Cascade  Lake, Chester Woods or Foster Arend. If pools are more your style, check out Silver  Lake Pool and splash pads at Peace Plaza and Lincolnshire. You are outside, and that is good! 

Fishing! All fishing takes is a pole and some bait. With catch and release, you get all  the fun without having to figure out how to clean them. Try Chester Woods, Silver Lake, Lake Zumbro, Oxbow, Quarry Hill and Root River Parks, as well as Bear Creek, KR-7 and Silver Creek Reservoirs. 

Watercraft! Various types of watercraft are available for rent: canoes, paddle boats,  deluxe electric paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and tandem kayaks.  Local options include Chester Woods, Silver Lake Boat and Bicycle Rentals, and Boulder Dam Canoe and Kayak Rental.  

Looking and Listening! Yes, looking at water–even pictures of it–benefits our  physical and mental health. Check out Bear Creek, Cook and Cascade Creek and Gamehaven and Willow Creek Reservoirs, and Central Park has a fountain. 

Learning! Olmsted County is rich in wetlands, which control erosion and floods,  recharge and discharge groundwater, protect water quality, provide habitat for 43% of all of the threatened or endangered species in the U.S., as well as recreation and economic commodities like wild rice and bait fish. Locally, explore Isaac Walton Wetlands and Cascade Meadow Wetlands. We also have a very rare type of wetland: calcareous fens. Olmsted County has 10 of them. Learn more.

If you want to learn to snorkel or scuba dive, check out Southeast Scuba Escape. Now get out there, then tell us all about it!





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Chris is currently a certified yoga therapist and formerly a lawyer who likes people, writing, making things and foraging, because it’s all yoga all of the time.

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