Hiking: It’s In Our DNA

Being outdoors, in a green space, and close to nature is good for the mind, body, and soul. Numerous studies show that proximity to nature and/or a natural environment decreases stress, increases serotonin, enhances calm, and provides the desire to connect with your body and the world around you. The ability to be happy within our body and mind is directly related to our sense of wellness or well-being. Anyone who wants to add an edge of physical fitness and perhaps see varying aspects and locations within the natural world, can get those benefits from nature hiking with the added goodness of a physical fitness regimen. While rummaging through some of my digital files recently, I came across this gem from the past Fall when me and my boys summited Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. It was a challenging hike, especially for a 6 year-old and a 30 year-old with a little guy on his back. But, OH MAN was it fun! We met some great people, overcame some difficult terrain, and got to see some amazing views from a vantage point of 3,400 feet! I highly recommend the beautiful, and very much doable, hike up this mountain to anybody willing to step outdoors and conquer a mountain in New England! The purpose of this blog is to share with you all the importance and incredibleness of nature and being in it. To play off of our company name: being in nature is allowing yourself to be fully rooted in the natural habitat of the human race. Nature is in our DNA. It is where we came from and what we know all too well on a primordial level. Which is why it should be no surprise that recent studies reveal that being in nature and/or a natural environment yields better health and a happier life. Wow! “The key to better health may be as easy as stepping outside,” says one University of Illinois researcher, which is elaborated in the link provided below.

She also goes on to say that, “Exposure to nature increases people’s health outcomes even when interest in nature isn’t high and when socioeconomic status is considered.”

Here is the link to a wonderful article about the importance and benefits of being in nature and stepping into the outdoors: Outdoor Exposure Good for Your Health I dare you to plan a nature hike and take the necessary action to get outdoors and do so. It is amazing, liberating, and all-too natural on so many levels. The nice weather is finally among us and begging you to take advantage of it. The cool thing is that being with nature isn’t only for a certain type of person; it’s for all of us! Young, old, big, small, slow and fast! EVERYONE 🙂 To fresh air, Mike & the Fully Rooted Crew