There is an undeniable connection between the outdoors and feelings of peace and overall well being.  Naturalist John Muir was so convinced of this he dedicated his life to the preservation of wild lands.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”–John Muir

What could be better than hiking?  Hiking with our best furry friends, of course!  We all know that dogs make everything better.  Dogs inspire us to be curious, adventurous and to be our true selves.  Owning a dog has been proven to be good for your health.  They are the perfect companions for your next hiking trip!

Ditch the car, take only necessities.  Grab your backpack and walk away your troubles.  Spend the night under the stars.

Bright light can affect our circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle).  Spending too much time under flourescent lighting and in front of computer and phone screens can impact our sleep.  Natural light plays a very important role in resetting our internal clocks.

So leave the screens at home and spend a week camping, with nothing but sunlight, moonlight and the stars as light sources.  Your body will thank you.

Log off, unplug, stop the constant noise of social media.  We are so accustomed to being “tuned in” to everything that we need to decompress.

There is no wifi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.

Studies have shown that hiking can reduce stress.  The Japanese call it “forest bathing.”  Increased endorphins, decreased levels of cortisol and lower blood sugar levels were noted after just 30 minutes of hiking.

Many programs exist today that use outdoor therapy to help troubled youth, people with depression, couples needing marriage therapy and even those battling cancer.

A 2011 study of recovering cancer patients’ blood indicated improved antioxidative capacity after long distance hiking.