Stressed out? Take a hike!
Recent studies have shown that a simple walk outside in nature can help reduce the effects of stress and lower the risk of depression. Researchers from Stanford and the University of Michigan have both published articles indicating that walking in a park or other natural environment, benefits people’s health in many ways.
Here are just a sampling of the benefits:
By removing yourself from an urban area and walking in a forest or park, people can reconnect with nature and clear their minds. Walking is a low-impact, easy activity that can be done by almost everyone in all environments. If you live in an urban neighborhood, find a park, trail, or riverwalk to escape the noise of city life and take in all of the nature that surrounds you.
Obviously, you can get many of the same benefits by doing physical activity indoors or at a gym. However, these studies show that the benefits of walking outdoors are much greater, compared to walking indoors. Being outside and fully engaged in the natural world is necessary for a larger benefit; fresh air, less noise, and connecting with nature not only benefits the body, but also the mind.
If you’re looking for more information, check out physiomed.ca/walking-in-nature/. Many thanks to Rebecca and Physiomed.ca for the infographic. See you on the trails!