Author Anne Wall promotes benefits of nature immersion in new book

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Author Anne Wall promotes benefits of nature immersion in new book

We already know it’s good for us. But going outside may be more than instinctive. There’s a reason we feel so good when we move our bodies in the waters and hills outside and breathe in the fresh air.

And a Delafield resident and multi-sport amateur athlete has self-published a book to help explain it.

Anne Wall, who worked for the Olympics and Paralympics, was like so many of us 2½ years ago: When the pandemic shut things down in the spring of 2020, she went outside. And feel better for it.

“I knew I felt good, I knew I felt energetic. I didn’t understand the cascade of neurochemicals that are released,” Wall said. “Even just sitting by the water’s edge can relieve some of the stress we may have been carrying.

“Whether you do moving meditation, active sight silence, sports involvement, or whether you simply practice mindfulness through silence and nature – all of these things are health-promoting.”

For that reason, Wall wants us to continue paddling, biking and hiking outside.

Wall was born in Milwaukee and now splits her residence between Delafield and Montana. She was once the corporate secretary and a board member of the Pettit National Ice Center and spent most of her business career in branding and sports marketing with the Olympic and Paralympic movements. She was an Olympic torch bearer and a brand protection manager for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and she also worked at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

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