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When you get back from a hike, you're bound to feel more relaxed and have more energy though it might sound counterintuitive. But do you know why?READ MORE
Effects on your spirit may appear self-evident, considering how you feel, but simply being surrounded by nature will make you feel good. The University of Chiba in Japan carried out a study that proved that people who spent time in theopen air were more relaxed and happy. They were able to demonstrate that when participants in this study were in a forest, their stress indicators dropped (slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and cortisol rates). Combined with better oxygenation of the brain, all of this increases your well being.
The brain is stimulated by the wide open spaces, the beauty of the landscape... And if you take the opportunity to switch of your phone, it will be even better... Researchers from the Universities of Kansas and Utah even discovered that after spending several days in nature without a mobile phone, creativity increased by 50%, as did the ability to find creative solutions to a problem...
As with all sports activities, it must be practised regularly in order to enjoy all the benefits of hiking. Waking three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes is ideal. If you stop hiking, you will lose the benefits after three to six months. Now that you have no more excuses, easily take up hiking again with our article which helps you choose your route and warm up to fully enjoy great days out.
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