Amazing Exercise That Heals the Mind AND the Body? Go Take a Hike!
Autumn has to be the best time of year to walk around in the great outdoors. Now if you haven't gone out on an actual hike, you are really missing out on some fantastic exercise with benefits far beyond what you might think. And the beauty of it is, no matter what type of trail you choose, you walk and move about at your own pace – you're the boss.
Of course, the physical benefits are so good for your body... blood pressure and sugar levels drop, you can lose weight, strengthen your core, and help to reduce the danger of diabetes and heart disease. But it's the massive benefits for your mind and mental state that is so pleasantly surprising. Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society claims that "Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."
Hiking helps us to unplug from the digital world of cell phones and computers and get back to the natural world which does incredible wonders for your positive mental state. The average adult is on track to spend over 5 years of our lives tooling around on social media. Hiking has proven tangible benefits for both the body and the mind. Spending a few hours in the fresh clean air among trees, plants and critters of the wild can contribute to increased feelings of happiness, which is something we can all use a lot more of. Now seriously, get out of here and go take a hike!
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