After some record-low temperatures here in New England, odds are you spent much of the past few days indoors. But as we enjoy a brief respite from the arctic this coming week, why not get outdoors and enjoy it?

In fact, it's the perfect day to hit up the beach!

Seriously! You are not a real New Englander unless you value the winter beach months as much if not more than the summer months.

“There’s more to do at the beach in the summer!” you argue. And in some respects, you’re right.

The water is warmer in the summer. Tanning won’t cause frostbite. And local establishments such as the Beach Plum are up and running rather than a reminder of sunnier days, with their large, wooden lobsters shielded by the elements with tarps.

But here’s something to do in the winter that’s not as fun on a hot, humid, 90-degree day: walk.

There have been some dark days over the past few years, and not just because of the weather. But be it the pandemic or one of its many offshoots, a walk along the water in the winter has been a go-to remedy for yours truly.

It keeps you moving. It burns calories. But most importantly, it makes you think. I’m not sure if it’s the gusty wind, salt air, or uniquely colorful winter skies, but I almost always come away with an idea (or in some cases, a solution) after a good winter walk.

And that’s how I coined the "Good Idea Walk."

As I once explained to a coworker, it does seem a bit much to walk two miles in 30-degree weather just to think of one good idea. But still, you get a free good idea!

It’s very simple: you spend the mile out sifting through the problem(s), and the mile back landing on a solution. It's exercise of the body and mind.

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