The crowning joy of the 20-plus miles of Portland Trails is the sunny track around Back Cove. It’s a life saver.

For over 30 years, this walkway, jogging way, strolling way has been a lifesaver for hundreds of people of all ages. Five extra years can be added to one’s life compared to those who don’t exercise at all.

There is no better exercise than walking, whether with someone or without, with boyfriend or girlfriend, child or adult, and there is no better way to bond with someone than by exercising.

There is no better gift you can give than to help someone begin an exercise program. So perambulate!

Philip Thompson, M.D.

South Portland