Since 1914, the Long Beach Boardwalk has been the centerpiece of its community. Known for accessibility and camaraderie, the 2.2 miles of weathered wood planks was a favorite place to walk, run or gather. It was ‘Main Street’ in that quintessential American way.
The original height of eight feet should have protected the boardwalk from the tides during storms. Indeed, it endured many. But on October 12, 2012, Super Storm Sandy pummeled the boardwalk beyond repair. It had to be totally rebuilt.
A year later, New York State Governor Cuomo said: “Today the boardwalk is fully reopened, bringing back to the Long Beach community not only an iconic local treasure, but a major tourist attraction that helps supports local businesses and jobs… One year after the floodwaters caused so much damage and destruction here on Long Island, the newly restored boardwalk is a both a symbol of the resilience and strength of Long Beach as well as the unwavering spirit of the many hard-hit communities across our state that are building back better and stronger than before.”
Perhaps this expression is more literal than we thought –
Here’s what it means:
Being in motion makes us smarter, and being smarter allows us to move more efficiently.
Here’s the scientific hypothesis:
Jogging after prey helped to drive human brain evolution. A million years ago, we could out-run and out-walk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement. We continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.
There are many studies.
Here’s a finding:
Regular exercise, even walking, leads to more robust mental abilities, beginning in childhood and continuing into old age.
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