I use hiking to clear my mind. Typically, hikes that are about 6-7 miles do the best for me. I find right about the three mile mark I’m off in la la land having a great time and giving my whirling brain a much needed break. Alas, there is proof I’m not crazy in the latest issue of Backpacker magazine. The article is about some interesting research on the benefits of spending time in nature. For more information: http://www.backpacker.com/backpacking-and-brainpower/skills/16569.
So, step away from the computer and head outside for a breath of fresh air for your lungs and your brain with a refreshing walk in the woods.
If you have children, this is even more important as you can see by the multiple studies on the Children and Nature Network site at http://www.childrenandnature.org/.
Nature is easy and affordable medicine for the body as well as the soul.
I plan on heading out later this afternoon and hiking with the kids at one of our local favorites the Cincinnati Nature Center. And, even though the hike maybe short according to researchers there is a cumulative effect—just like chocolate only better for your hips.