Mountain News: Science links hiking with happiness

Want to beat stress and improve your mental health? Then dust off your hiking boots and hit the trail.

Teams of researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England have evaluated the influence of group nature walks on 1,991 people involved in England’s Walking for Health program, and their findings might send you marching straight out the door. According to one of the study’s authors, “After 13 weeks, those who walked at least once a week in nature experienced positive emotions and less stress.” The scientists discovered that short, frequent hikes were most beneficial, so you might consider adding this simple yet potent medication to your daily routine. It's a particularly healthy high-country habit.

 

To read more about the happy hiking study, click here.

 

Photos by Audrey Hall

Categories: Mountain Living