23 Aug Our New Favorite Workout: Nature Walks
Taking a nice long nature hike can come with plenty of benefits. Benefits of a nature walk have been backed by science! It’s easy to get lost in the world of work, sometimes you might forget how beautiful nature really is.
People who live in the city have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. According to studies, city slickers without access to nature actually have a higher chance of psychological problems than people living near parks or beaches.
Taking a nature hike can help decrease depression and lower stress levels. Those effects were even stronger among people who may have experienced a traumatic event like a death of a loved one or serious illness. A nature walk is good for you no matter what, but taking a nature walk with a group of friends could help increase the positive effects.
Walking outside instead of on a treadmill in a gym can set your brain into a state of meditation. Another study showed that people who jog outdoors are 50% happier than those who jog inside a gym.
So we know that a nature walk can lower stress levels and depression but can it do more?
Getting into the beautiful outdoors will increase immune function. A Japanese study showed that taking a nature walk for 30 to 45 minutes a day will increase the immune cells in the body and will remain elevated for several hours after the walk.
A study by Appalachian State University showed that people who walk for 20 minutes a day 5 days a week had 43% less sick days than those who exercised once a week.
Every time you exercise it releases a surge antibodies and neutrophils (a white blood cell that kills harmful invaders). This incredible process boosts your bodies defense system. The average adult catches 2-4 colds per year. If you stay home or head to the doctors during that time you could possibly be losing money, so by getting outside and walking you could be saving money. Not to mention a nature walk is free. So start saving money and get outside for a nature hike.
How’s your memory? Well if you want to improve it, take a wild guess at what might help you do that? Did you say a nature hike? If you did, surprise, surprise, you’re correct! Researchers found that students with depression showed a significant increase in mood and short term memory after taking a walk in a natural setting. People who spent time hiking through the woods without technology showed an improvement in the ability to solve problems and also an increase in creativity.
The benefits of a nature walk are obvious. It’s great for you! Get outside as much as you can and walk. If you’re able to, get to somewhere that allows you to be submerged in nature. Walking is great for you, So put your cell phone down and enjoy nature, your body will thank you.