by Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
It’s that time of year when we have the urge to get outside and go for a fall hike! Did you know that hiking benefits are physical and emotional?
The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping, and it just feels great to be in the great outdoors! But do you know what going on a fall hike, or any exercise, does for your brain health?
There are many hiking benefits in the cool fall months. Below are three top benefits, and after you read them, you may want to add a hike to your fall calendar.
Cognitive Hiking Benefits – Taking a hike can improve your higher-level thinking skills, increase your IQ, increase your focus, and helps you control your emotions, among other things.
Psychological Hiking Benefits – Getting outside and moving can help alleviate stress and anxiety, give you emotional resilience, fight and prevent depression, and improve your overall mood and self-esteem level. In a nutshell, you will be a happier person!
Neurological Hiking Benefits – Increasing your daily movement can help increase your energy levels, reduce fatigue, make your brain bigger, and slows down brain atrophy.
These hiking benefits are all possible due to our neurotransmitter health. A neurotransmitter is an essential messenger of your nervous system. The brain uses neurotransmitters to signal your body to work. They signal the heart to beat, the digestion to function, and the brain to react a certain way. They also signal our moods. Neurotransmitters help you feel good when there is a balance between the calming and stimulant neurotransmitters.
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