Why to go hiking
we love nature
IT MAKES YOU HAPPY
Breathing good, fresh air and taking part in an outdoor adventure – no matter how big or small – will definitely put a smile on your face that you can feel throughout your whole body. Plus the opportunity to enjoy it with good friends and loved ones is an added bonus that brings happiness that grows.
Getting out of the confines of indoors and breaking out into nature affords unlimited opportunities to create fun memories – from a family hike in the woods or mountain biking along a creek to spending a quality morning fishing or taking in the breathtaking sights of Crater Lake National Park. It all adds up to your enjoyment and fulfillment, which brings genuine quality to your life. We all know how fast life can be, so it’s never too soon or too late to create happy memories that you will cherish and share forever.
Plus, other happiness results from getting outdoors include elevating moods, bringing relaxation, increasing mental health and improving self-esteem. According to a 2009 Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health study, people living within 1 kilometer of a park or wooded area enjoy less anxiety and depression that those living farther away.
IT MAKES YOU HEALTHY
Getting outside means getting into natural light, which means increasing our natural Vitamin D intake. This essential nutrient can help prevent cancer, heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, and inflammation, strengthen our immune systems and bones, and fight osteoporosis and depression.
Other health benefits of being outdoors:
Improving quality of sleep
Improving minds, increasing our focus and concentration, and reducing mental stress
Reducing pain and stress following injury when exposed to natural light
Improving vision by forcing eyes to adjust to different depths and colors
TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY
When we’re indoors, we’re usually tied to some form of technology – whether it’s for our jobs, education, or personal enjoyment. While being “always connected” has its benefits, it also increases our stress level, shortens our attention span, and creates a heightened level of chaos that we all experience daily.
Technology is generally related to being sedentary, or inactive physically. We sit in front of computers, hold still while texting, and sink back in a sofa when watching TV. But getting outside and away from technology forces us to do actual physical things, like move, stand, walk, run, and exercise, which translates into healthier, more fulfilling lives.
A FUN WAY TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH FRIENDS