Science backs hiking for brain wellness

Science backs hiking for brain wellness

Science backs hiking for brain wellness

Hiking improves your brain function in the hippocampus thereby generating neurons and inducing brain power and cell division in the circuit of brain. It increases brain function and replenishes brain cells. It makes you focused and creative thereby increasing the levels of your concentration, thought process, problem solving and decision making. Walking on a treadmill helps lose weight but does not really expand cognitive function.

As per the Attention Restorative Theory hiking in the company of nature can actually restore those parts of the brain that have been exhausted due to overuse and limitless engagement with technology and gadgets. Hiking helps to disconnect with technology. Hiking reduces levels of stress, worrying patterns, rumination, performance pressure and anxiety. Hiking helps to increase the brains skills by almost 50 percent. Hikers might be the smartest people in the world. Hiking in natural environment is different from taking a walk in an urban setting.

Strap on your knapsacks, Canned soups and backpacks. get set go hikers!

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  1. I totally agree, I think brain’s cognitive function improves through lessons learned from experience where memories are being filled naturally with the environment and your own body.

  2. This was incredibly informative. What a great incentive to get out there and hike more. As if I needed another reason to enjoy nature!

  3. This is actually pretty interesting… I can say from experience that just going for a nice walk in the park is a great to reduce stress and just overall relax at the end of a work day 🙂

  4. This is not a surprise to me. I feel any form of physical activity in moderation is great for the mind and the body too x

  5. This was so interesting to read because when I am feeling stressed or sad about something hiking always relaxes me and elevates my mood….

  6. It is so true that hiking really helps us disconnect. And nowadays we need this more than ever, to help our brain refresh, relieve stress and improve creativity

  7. I can truly believe that, exercise is so good for mental health. I swear on it for my personal experience. There’s nothing better than getting some fresh air and taking in some scenery.

  8. Irrespective of the scientific validation, hiking is just a wonderful way to bond with nature.

  9. Veronica@inveronicascorner : January 6, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Wow I didn’t know hiking was so good for you! I’m definitely going to hike more as it’s so beneficial. Great post 🙂

  10. That’s perfect. That’s my favorite thing to do in summers. Although I hibernate in winters 😀

  11. I love everything about this post. I definitely think brain function is improved when out in nature. I know when I am outside I feel at my best, when I am stuck inside I feel rather depressed and isolate myself. Thank you for sharing this, I always love seeing science backing to be out in nature.

  12. It’s amazing what physical activity does can do for us not only physically but for our brains as well.

  13. Ana Vukosavljevic : January 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    It has sense that hiking helps remove the stress and that is good for brain because every physical activity is good for our body, mind and soul!

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