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  • Writer's pictureBetsy

Take a Hike!

“For the purity of the air on Chocorua, in a land of maple” -Ezra Pound 🏔🥾 👟 🍁

Wearing the CloudAces by On Running - excellent for rocky terrain. 👟

This weekend I went hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In the above photo I am just about at the summit of Mt. Chocorua, a 3,490 ft easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range. From here and on the actual summit you have a beautiful 360 degree view of surrounding lakes, forests, and other mountains.

Not only was the hike physically satisfying (we covered about 9 miles that day) and the views inspiring, the act of being in nature all day really boosted my mental health as well. I looked this up and sure enough, there is science to explain why you feel just so darn good after a great hike.

For instance, did you know that:

  • spending time outdoors can increase your attention span and creativity as much as 50%

  • hiking (even though the pace can be slow at times) is great cardio exercise and improves blood pressure, lowers the risk of heart disease, and decreases cholesterol

  • the uneven terrain of hiking gives your body a dynamic workout and engages and strengthens muscles you wouldn’t use otherwise

  • and finally, hiking releases brain-derived neutrotrophic factor (BDNF) which acts to stimulate neurogenesis - basically your brain gets a great workout, as well!

Hopefully you can find yourself some elevation to ascend this summer and experience the many benefits of the climb!

Hat is by Headsweats - lightweight, wicks sweat off face and hair, machine washable 👌🏽

Stay well, FitFooters!

:) Betsy

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