Nature and Forest Bathing. What is that? I first heard about Forest Bathing at a presentation from a Certified Forest Bathing Guide at a Colorado State Park Volunteer Meeting where I volunteer. It was fascinating, and I thought I would share it with you …
I found everything our guest speaker on Forest Bathing talked about connected with hiking.
Exposure to Forests Builds Our Immune System
Building our immune system in nature caught my attention!
Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities, which help plants fight disease. In addition, when we breathe in these chemicals while hiking, our bodies naturally respond by enhancing the number of white blood cells called natural killer cells.
A day in nature builds our immune system for two weeks!
Nature Reduces Stress
Studies show that taking time outside, with no goal beyond just experiencing the world around you, positively affects your well-being. Spending time outside can improve memory, lower stress hormones, and reduce feelings of depression or anxiety.
Being in nature can help clear your head and bring you into the present moment, and it is an excellent way to de-stress and relaxes you. In addition, it helps us eliminate all the annoying “clutter and chaos” in our heads.
Just 20 minutes in nature and feel your mind and body relax!
Spending time in nature does not have to be a hike. It can simply mean a short walk, a picnic, a stroll through the park, or even watching the sunrise or sunset. Forest Bathing suggests we sit quietly on a rock for 10- 20 minutes and focus on our five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. “
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing isn’t a bath in a stream or a hike but a meander in natural surroundings. Forest Bathing aims to help us slow down and become immersed in nature.
Forest Bathing is starting to take off in the US. The idea that spending time in nature is good for our health is not new. However, most spend much of their life indoors, or attached to devices.
Hopefully, this new trend is a nudge to get back out there.
The Benefits of Hiking
It reduces the risk of heart disease, Lowers blood pressure, Combats diabetes, Tackles obesity, Reduces anxiety and depression, Improves sleep, Helps build strong muscles and bones, and Improves arthritis.
Knowing the benefits of Forest Bathing and hiking has become a fantastic way to achieve excellent health!
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