We have established the health benefits of hiking that includes physical and mental benefits. Nature plays a big role in these benefits and not just mentally but physically as well. There must be a balance between your mind and body.
What is Nature?
Wikipedia describes the words’ nature and natural as things that are not normally made by humans. Things like weather, organisms, landforms, celestial bodies and much more are part of nature.
Nature for me is the outdoors, it is the fresh air that I get when stepping outside, it is the smell of rain and the wind’s feather-light touches on my face. It is the salt and sand on my lips when strolling along the beach. It is the trees and crooked path to the garden of wildflowers. “Nature will bear the closest inspection, she invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.
What are the benefits of Hiking in Nature?
- It heals us: Scientifically speaking it provides us with the ingredients we need to have a healthy life There are a lot of studies out there that confirm the need to be in nature.
- It gives us energy so that we can enjoy this life and be the best that we can be.
- It teaches us appreciation and redefines our values of what is important: The best things in life are free.
How does Hiking in Nature heal us?
Sunshine provides us with Vitamin D, we need vitamin D to absorb calcium and we need calcium to fight and prevent Osteoporosis.
The greenscapes raise serotonin (the happy chemical) – this helps to relay messages from one area in the brain to another which includes brain cells related to mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning and some social behavior to name but a few.
Nature activates our sensory stimulation this includes vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Sensory stimulation is essential for brain development and this can help individuals with dementia. Sensory stimulation can also reduce anxiety and stress. It exercises your mind, you mind is aware of the change in terrain, it can be the beach or a trail up the mountain. The mind prepares the body and provide constant feedback.
Hiking in nature can reduce your blood pressure and contribute to your physical well-being.
Nature heals us spiritually by increasing our feelings of well-being. “Nature soothes us. Nature heals us, and something more, the woods are a place of power.” ~ Frederick Lenz.
How does Hiking in Nature give us energy?
Trees provide us with oxygen, we need fresh air to breath. Oxygen is important for chemical reactions found in living organisms. Without it we are unable to produce energy from the consumption of food. Oxygen also increases wound healing and boosting our immune system.
Hiking makes you feel great, it is a combination of the physical activity you are doing and what your mind is experiencing. If you feel good, your energy levels go up. It is a harder workout, as your body needs to adapt to handle the obstacles, higher inclines and more uneven ground.
Energy is in everything, it flows through the universe, cycling from plants to animals to humans. We need energy to survive and nature gives that in abundance. Energy is in the sun that shines, it is in the leaves and the trees, it is in the ground and the water, it is in the grass under your feet. “Everything is energy & that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help to get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” ~ Darrel Anka.
What does Nature teach?
Sunshine, rain and wind is free, the great outdoors belong to us all. Hiking in nature gives me the guarantee that I am not alone, you find birds, wild- and insect life on your journey. Looking under big trees in the shadows you sometimes see the most beautiful flowers growing.
The lessons’ nature teaches us are vast, many and constant we know that the seasons follow each other. We know if you smell the earth that rain will follow soon. We know that if mist on the coastline swallows us up in the early morning that it is going to be a hot day.
You can enjoy the outdoors without paying a membership fee. The views are spectacular, from plateaus of wildflowers to the waves breaking on the rocks. Trees, grass and mountains with hidden waterfalls are there to be seen and to be enjoyed. Nature gives us a glimpse into what we can be. You want to preserve nature for future generations. You want to share your experience and to relax. You want to be free.
Go out there and clear your mind, find your self and have some fun. “The best things in life are free.” ~ WriterCornelia
What to do when hiking in nature?
- Leave only footprints – pick up the trash along the way.
- Take care of your feet – thick socks help a lot when the terrain is rocky.
- Know the emergency numbers and if you are allergic to bees or grass take medication.
- Take enough Water and a Hat.
- Have some fun.
“Hiking in nature, will boost your self-confidence, climbing a mountain any mountain is a wonderful, scary and exhausting task but when you are at the top of the mountain and all the happy endorphins flow through your veins. There is just one thought, WOW, I have made it!” ~ Cornelia
Let’s go hiking.