|Hiking: The Nature Cure|
I like a comfortable chair as much as the next person. But I find that spending time outdoors, even just a little bit, can make a huge difference in how I feel. If I take a 30-minute walk, I feel rejuvenated for the rest of the day. What is it about being outdoors that is so therapeutic?
For one thing you get sunshine and vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to strengthen your bones and improve your mood. For free. People who take a walk for about 30 minutes 5 times a week have a much stronger immune system. You won't get sick as much and that makes you feel better. It is even a cancer preventative. And all that is free!
If you take a walk, your muscles are strengthened and move the blood around your body. So you get lots of oxygen to all your blood cells. That helps you think more clearly. Good deal. Try taking a walk during your lunch "hour" and see if you are able to get more done in the afternoon than usual.
Keep looking up! Well, don't walk into a pothole or a car or anything. Just check out the sky. Many days it is like a painting. It's free art that is inspiring. What a mood lifter! Don't go a whole day without knowing what the sky looks like.
The sounds of nature can calm you. The sound of waves, birdsong, the wind in the trees are all very soothing. If you can't get to the real thing, consider listening to CDs of it. It can be a wonderful way to go to sleep or to play while reading.
|Autumn Hiking Is Especially Beautiful|
Pictures of gorgeous scenery make nice art for your walls, but how about seeing some of those places on a vacation? It's affordable to take a short road trip, and there are great state parks to explore. Hiking in the National Parks with family or friends makes wonderful memories and you might get some good pictures for your wall!
Hiking is just walking, and you don't need to be an athlete to go hiking. Choose places to walk that fit your abilities. There are wheelchair accessible walks and paths as well. Just getting out into the sunshine for a while can make a big difference. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be avoided by getting out in the sunshine a little while every day.
|Playing in the Dirt is Good for You|
With all the beautiful autumn weather coming, don't miss out. Get outside and breathe in some of that crisp fresh air. It can put a smile on your face!