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Go for a Hike

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Definition

Long walks in nature are good for your physical fitness and mood.

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How to Do It

Take a hike through a natural setting. Preferably, the route should have some changes in altitude.

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Benefits

  • May boost creativity [2]
  • May improve mood and satisfaction with life [1], [6]
  • May improve physical health and fitness [7], [8]
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Time Commitment

30 minutes to a few hours

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Why it works

  • Walking helps idea generation as the changing scenery gets your mind wandering which is good for creativity [2].
  • Being near natural, green, features provides a setting for separation from the demands of the modern world. This makes you happier and may mitigate anxiety issues by giving your mind a change of pace [1], [6].
  • In terms of physical health, hiking can reduce blood pressure, burn calories and reduce the risk of heart disease [7], [8].
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Suggested Frequency

At least weekly

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Side Effects

Injuries can occur while hiking.

You can become dehydrated if you do not prepare adequately. Always bring a full water bottle on a hike.

Additionally, sun exposure can be a problem during hikes. Wear sunscreen.

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Required Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Kurt Russell

Kelly Ripa

Amanda Seyfried

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Related Products

Check out the app, alltrails, it provides you with hiking trails in any area https://www.alltrails.com/.

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Category Health/Productivity/Focus:

  • Health 
  • Productivity
  • Mood
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Notes

  • Hiking is a great way to explore an area.
  • If you are into photography, bring a camera with you and capture some beautiful scenes.
  • Use supportive shoes or boots and ensure the hiking path is not too difficult for you.
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 Mood  Confidence  Stress  Health  Sleep  Fitness  Energy  Productivity  Creativity
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