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11 Ways Being Outdoors Gives You Quality Life

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For so long, outdoor activity like hiking, camping and brisk strolls through parks were taken as the natural preserve of nature freaks. But who knew they’d become a medical prescription someday? Who knew someday your doctor would look you in the eyes and say “take a hike”? Yes, that day is fast bearing down on us too. In a 2016 White House Roundtable on “Health Benefits of Time Outdoors”, Michael Suk, the chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Geisinger Health System actually mentioned the possibility of doctors writing prescriptions for outdoor activity. Yep. Basically, “Go camping once a week, then see me in 6 months”. It isn’t half as ridiculous as it sounds either. There’s a mounting volume of studies...

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Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

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Hiking is a free exercise option! No matter where you are at in your fitness level, it can provide you with a number of health benefits. Not sure about joining a gym or prepared for the costs? Hiking can be a great option for you and get you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle.  Being a mental health junkie (seriously beyond being intrigued, so much so that I have taken up a career in the field), I am always looking for ways to share the benefits of physical activity, in relation to our minds. While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your body and soul, science continues to show...

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Gear up for this: Denali National Park

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IMPORTANT for any hike:  Never underestimate a hike and plan accordingly for weather, in the event something happens. Some trails are marked easy, but be prepared for the walk - hydrate before, during, and after. You WILL run into wildlife at some point and always have a chance at getting lost; always communicate someone your location, when they should expect you back, the distance, etc. Additionally, avoid tough, thick brush and be wary of the streams.  Country: United States Location: Alaska Area in Square Miles: 7,408 Established: 1917 You can't complete a trip to Alaska without visiting Denali National Park. This park is one of the most toured destinations in the last frontier and covers roughly 6 million acres of land. It features one skimpy...

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