TreeUtah is all about getting outside and getting into nature, join TU on one of our nature hikes and learn how to identify trees in Utah. Be sure to get information on our events page and pre-register! You can read about some of the many benefits of hiking below!
1. Hiking Makes You Happy
2. Hiking Can Ward Off Depression
3. Hiking Makes You Less Stressed
This 2014 study, quoted in Outside, also found that going for a long walk combatted depression, while also helping people “mitigate the negative effects of stressful life events and perceived stress.”
4. It Helps You Solve Problems
5. It Boosts Memory
“After just an hour interacting with nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20%,” according to this 2008 University of Michigan study, cited in this Guardian piece.
6. It Helps You Think More Creatively
Scientists in 2014 showed that walking rather than sitting was key for new idea generation.
7. Hiking Gets You Fit
Especially if you hike briskly, making it a great low impact cardio activity. For those that care about calories, hiking will help you burn around 500 calories an hour.