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Lifestyle September 25, 2021

5 Mental Health Benefits of Walking

While the physical benefits of walking are well documented, a multitude of studies have shown the mental health benefits of walking are real, and potentially, immediate. So real, in fact, that many active adults are seeking out lifestyle communities that offer instant access to walking trails, such as The Preserve at Bancroft Ridge in Bancroft, Ontario.

“The Preserve is a walker’s paradise”, says John Puffer, President of the popular development. “We purposefully chose this property for its proximity to nature trails, including the legendary Hastings Heritage Trail, one of the most scenic and fascinating walks in the country”.

In addition to the more languid pace of life in active adult communities located outside busy cities, easy access to exercise – and to experience the mental health benefits of walking – are proving to be a nice value add.

The mental health benefits of walking are real – and potentially – immediate.

Anxiety Reduction

Health expert Sarah Wilson states that walking helps shut off the amygdala, the primitive part of the brain that deals with anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that exercise releases feel-good hormones. In fact, a single vigorous walking session can help alleviate anxiety symptoms for hours and may significantly reduce them over time with a regular routine.

Mood Boosting

Does replacing one hour of sitting with one hour of walking each day prevent depression? Yes, according to a 2019 Harvard Medical School study. Harvard professor Dr. Michael Craig Miller says that walking not only helps prevent depression, but can also act as an effective ‘treatment’ for those already experiencing it.

Thinking Clearly

Some call it “brain fog”, others just mental fatigue. Whatever the moniker, it impairs your ability to make decisions, reduces concentration and is a symptom of sleep deprivation, nutritional deficiency and other issues. Harvard researchers suggest that walking at a moderate pace for one hour, twice a week, reduces brain fog and increases the ability to problem solve.

Creative Boost

Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known to conduct ‘walking meetings’. Why? Big ideas seem to come while walking. During a series of experiments, Stanford University researchers found that a person generated twice as many creative responses when walking, compared to a seated person. “Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.”

Grey Matters

In a recent study of 299 adults (mean age: 78 years) the Cardiovascular Health Cognition Study examined the association between various walking amounts and its effect on grey matter volume and cognitive impairment. More walking (56 blocks on average) showed greater volumes of frontal, occipital, entorhinal, and hippocampal regions and a 2-fold risk reduction for cognitive impairment.

Homes September 10, 2021

Modular Homes: 6 Top Reasons for Surge in Popularity

There was a time when modular homes were viewed as the poor cousin of “stick” built houses. That’s simply no longer the case. Today’s modern modular construction requires no compromises from buyers. Material quality. Energy efficiency. Design. It all meets or exceeds traditional stick-built counterparts. Moreover, the new modular approach offers a myriad of benefits that’s driving a surge in popularity amongst home buyers increasingly searching for a sensible option in the current economy.

What is Modular Homes Construction?

So what exactly is modular construction? It’s really just a process – a process of building off-site, under controlled plant conditions. New homes are created in “modules” that are then transported and assembled on-site. Modular homes adhere to the same – or better – materials and codes as conventionally built homes – but are completed in about half the time.

Here are the top 6 benefits driving the move to modular:

Lifestyle community developers like The Preserve at Bancroft Ridge, are riding the wave of modular homes popularity.


Structurally, modular homes are generally stronger than homes built on-site. Why? Each module is engineered to withstand transportation and placement onto foundations. Once sealed, the modules become an integrated and super strong wall, floor and roof unit.

Quality Control

Leading manufacturers currently working with unique master-planned lifestyle community developers like The Preserve at Bancroft Ridge, offer better quality management. Plus, builders like Guildcrest Homes follow stringent QA/QC programs that feature independent inspection and testing protocols. Leading modular home manufacturers have great warranties and excellent customer service.

Best Materials

Modular homes meet or exceed the codes and standards as traditional homes. What’s more, they utilize wood, concrete and steel. These are the same architect-specified materials used in conventionally built counterparts.


Modular homes are greener. The best designs include fully equipped with energy-efficient windows, siding, and insulation. A better built home requires less energy to stay warm, cool and comfortable.

Turnaround Time

With traditional builds, site work comes first, followed by construction. With modular construction and building lot preparation happen simultaneously. This allows projects like master planned lifestyle communities to be completed in half the time.


For architects, modular provides options that allow for a perfect fit with the external aesthetics of the natural environment. Plus, modular homes are becoming the natural choice for a growing group of architects. They appreciate more sustainable design and less environmental impact.