Researchers have been looking at what happens to our bodies and brains when we walk in woods, in the mountains or by the sea. This study is called ecopsychology.
I didn’t make it up! The Japanese have been studying this for years!
Results? People do better on tests involving memory or attention after trekking through the woods than after walking in a city. People have increased levels of physical and mental energy as well as a greater sense of well being after walking along an outdoor path beside a stream.
It gives your multitasking brain a break. Time slows down. Stress levels are reduced. Blood pressure and heart rate subside.
In short… get up and out (side) for great benefit.
P.S. If you can’t, go to http://www.giftsfromthemountain.com. Come walk with me in the Rockies and put your mind and spirit at ease. It’s our new conversation fire-starter training film distributed by Star Thrower Productions.