Go on a nature walk

IMG_0826-2-watermarkToday my family and I went on a hike at Schabarum Regional Park. Aside from the photography opportunities and the chance to get away from city life, one of hiking’s greatest perks is the positive impact it has on your health.

Hiking lowers risk of heart disease, improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels, boosts bone density (as walking is a weight-bearing exercise), strengthens core and improves balance, helps control weight, improves the antioxidative capacity (which helps fight off disease in the blood of oncological patients), helps those with severe depression and improves mood.

More specifically, hiking improves mood by combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety, according to PhD Gregory A. Miller and president of the American Hiking Society.

Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.

One study showed that spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent, and it’s not only the lack of technology and surplus of trees, sunshine and fresh air that contribute to this creativity boost in trail blazers. Researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education found that walking gets the creativity flowing far greater than sitting.

So take some time off from your busy lives to unplug and recharge in nature.

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