Step Out Into the Wild...for Your Mental Health
A weekly jaunt to your local park or forest can do more than satisfy your wanderlust – science shows it can improve your health.
A 2010 study found that people who hike regularly have lower blood pressure and cortisol levels (or stress hormones.) Stepping out into nature can also protect you from seasonal colds and flus, which often circulate around offices and other communal spaces.
Joint pain and stiffness are common results of sedentary lifestyles, especially desk jobs, and weekly activity is a simple, yet effective solution. "Being outdoors is generally associated with activity, and being physically active keeps joints loose and helps with chronic pain and stiffness" says Jay Lee, M.D, of Kaiser Permancente.
On a more spiritual level, unwinding from a long work week by stepping out into the wild, can give you a greater sense of connection with nature and a broader perspective on life.
So do what the doctor and the guru order – give the monitor a rest and set off into the great outdoors.
Nature has been shown to reduce stress, and boost your immune system.
- How the simple act of nature helps you de-stress. nbcnews.com. Jan.07.2018