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Boost your spirits – Take a Hike!

Want to improve your psychological well-being? The experts say, “Take a Hike!” A brisk 30- minute walk will increase positive feelings, boost your energy levels, promote quality sleep, even burn up to 150 calories! So, man those walking shoes and lift your spirits.

  • Exercise decreases stress hormones like cortisol, and increases the body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals, endorphins. And that’s what gives your mood a natural boost.
  • Physical activity also can take your mind off of your problems, redirecting your thoughts on the activity at hand, or getting you into a zen-like state; ultimately distracting you from negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Walking with a friend is a good source of social support. And exercising with others can give you a “double-dose of stress relief.”

And lastly, “better physical health may mean better mental health, because those who get more exercise may become less affected by the stress they face.”

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