A healthy walk into the past

You know you should walk more. The evidence for what it can do for your health is overwhelming; Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can lower your blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol, raise your high-density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol, reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes (or help you manage it if you are already afflicted), help you control your weight, put you in a better mood. Everyone from the Mayo Clinic to Martina Navratilova says you should walk.

Yet sometimes you just can’t find the proper incentive. Like something to get your mind off the fact you’re walking. Like time travel, for instance.

A number of communities in North Carolina have self-guided historic walking tours. Pick up a pamphlet featuring a map showing key historic points and you’re off. Raleigh has one. Charlotte, Chapel Hill and Wilmington, too. In fact, Google “historic walking tour” and a town of interest and chances are you’ll find something.

Or, you can get lucky and stumble upon a historic walking tour.

That’s what happened to us Saturday during a stop in Roxboro. Nosing around on Main Street we found the Historic Uptown Roxboro Walking Tour, a 1.5-mile loop taking in 39 historic sties. Most are homes dating back to Roxboro’s hey day, but there are also stores, churches, a movie theater, a grist mill ... .

Sound interesting? Tag along on our quick slideshow. We suspect you’ll be inspired to do something you may not be crazy about.

Go for a nice walk.

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