If you haven’t already experienced the joy that comes from spending time in the outdoors, as a naturopath and an outdoor lover- here are my top reasons I suggest you should “Take a Hike”. Just be sure you have your Conqueror Cream with natural sun protection and your Carefree Cleanser to stay clean water-lessly.
Fresh air helps your immune system
Maroon Bells Colorado fall 2016
It may be time to step outside if you find yourself cooped up with tons of other people at your office, or even in your own home. Such close quarters exposes you to all sorts of germs. Plus, even a simple walk outside can raise your immune system. Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function.
Did you know that the scent of pine trees, sage brush, grass and flowers decreases stress and increases relaxation. Even walking through a park or your own backyard can help you feel HAPPIER? So go catch a whiff of fresh air.
Whether you live in the country or the city, nothing beats the indescribable feeling when breathing in crisp, fresh mountain air. It’s so clean and refreshing, just like sipping on ice-cold water on a hot sunny day. With the rate of pollution rising and exhaust in the air, those chemicals inhaled can be carcinogenic and dangerous for your health. By taking the time to go on a hike and soak in the fresh air Mother Nature has to offer will be refreshing and also good for your overall health.
The Views are Breathtaking
Mount Holy Cross
Lets face it, the outdoors are extremely beautiful in a variety of unique, special ways; trees, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, peaks, you name it. You can hike to almost any destination as long as you are prepared with the right gear and proper resources. Though the “hike” may be grueling and maybe "breath-taking" literally the views are always worth it!
Research shows that spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90 percent of people. “Nature is fuel, keep your tank full".
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Hiking Improves Health
John Muir was onto something when he said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks.
Hiking and climbing can help you get that body you always wanted, especially if you are "going up" It’s not always easy getting from point A to point B, especially if you have a heavy pack on for an over-nighter. By doing so, you increase muscle strength, endurance, reduce blood pressure, increase stamina, relieve stress, get your heart rate up, and increase longevity.
Just one hour of trekking can burn OVER 500 calories, depending on the altitude, level of incline and the weight of the pack you’re carrying. Hiking is a great way to get a serious workout without putting too much pressure on your joints.
Gives you an “Escape to the Real World”
Spending time outdoors gives you a sense of peace and contentment while allowing you to UN-PLUG and step away from your day-to-day life. We always say we are "going to the real world" when we are headed on an adventure. Being outdoors is a great way to "shut your brain off", especially (for me) if you see bear tracks. In today’s world, we are often bombarded by busy schedules, technology, and so much more. Hiking, and especially camping, gives you the chance to let it all go, and live in the moment. You get a small window of time to ponder on what is most important to you in your life and think about making some of the most crucial decisions that are placed in front of you.
Good Source of the “Happy Vitamin”
Spending time in the sunshine will also provide you with an adequate amount of Vitamin D necessary for good health. Vitamin D promotes happiness, regulates cell growth, plays an important roll in immunity and helps deposit minerals in bones and teeth. Soaking up the sunshine is overall beneficial in a variety or ways and will make you a happier person!
Hiking offers a sense of competition and accomplishment with competing with only yourself. It’s not a meant to be a race with the person hiking next to you, but rather an interpersonal challenge set to your own capabilities. It may not be a physical challenge for some, but also a mental, and spiritual challenge. Hiking allows you to learn more about yourself and grow into a better person because of it, try it, you’ll see.
Do what makes you feel alive!
Do you know what experiences make you feel alive, and if so, how often do you enjoy them?
You’ll be impressed what you find you are capable of and the places you will see. You’ll gain a sense of deeper value for yourself, for nature, and become a more confident person. In recent years, numerous experimental psychology studies have linked exposure to nature with increased energy and heightened sense of well-being. For example, research has shown that people on wilderness excursions report feeling more alive and that just recalling outdoor experiences increases feelings of happiness and health. Other studies suggest that the very presence of nature helps to ward off feelings of exhaustion and that 90 percent of people report increased energy when placed in outdoor activities.
Increases your neurotranmitters
Hiking offers a high. Hiking offers a surreal sense of accomplishment and an adrenaline rush. It increases your dopamine and serotonin levels (happy hormones) in a healthy way. Not only that, but there is no better feeling that feeling like you are on top of the world, literally.