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Science Says: Get Outside!

Posted by Laura Loewy on Oct 9, 2017 7:21:00 PM

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

We’ve probably all heard this famous quote by John Muir and felt it resonate deep in our body and soul. But why do the mountains call to us? And why is it so important that we go when we hear that call?

When you’re stressed out by daily life, I’m sure you’ve experienced how beneficial a simple walk in nature can be. And if you’ve been outside for a few days to camp or hike, you know that it can completely rejuvenate you. It’s not just anecdotal evidence that nature is good for us. Scientists across the globe are now studying the benefits of nature, and they are proving that incorporating time amongst the trees, in the mountains or on the water is beneficial in a variety of ways.

For example, spending 15 minutes in the woods reduces your levels of cortisol (NY Times). And what does that actually mean? Well, according to Psychology Today, “[t]he stress hormone, cortisol, is public enemy number one.” High levels of cortisol cause all sorts of health problems, from lower immune function to increased weight gain. Elevated cortisol is also a factor in depression, mental illness and shorter life expectancy. High levels of cortisol are detrimental to our health, and nature is a fantastic way to lower those levels almost instantly.

Spending time in nature has also been scientifically proven to increase creativity. A 2012 study showed that after a few days on the trail immersed in nature, backpackers were 50 percent more creative on a word association test than those who were given the test without spending time outside.

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