I always said that the most pleasant people I have met were the ones hiking and enjoying nature. In a recent article from Natural Awakening Magazine there is further evidence and proof in the benefits of why hiking and walking in nature is so vital. It is why I love nature and prefer it to any other recreational activity.
A group of scientists and medical research team in Japan, discovered that there are positive physiological changes in individuals walking in the woods compared with city walkers. Their finding on forest walkers showed:
Lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Lower concentrations of salivary cortical, known as the stress hormone.
Increase in immunity-boosting natural killer (NK) cell activity, and the numbers of NK cells and anti-cancer proteins known to combat cancer.
Reduction of adrenaline and noradrenalin, also stress-related hormones.
Further studies showed that a monthly walk in the woods could help people maintain a higher level of protective NK activity and perhaps even have a preventive effect on cancer generation and progression. Qing Li, Ph.D., the assistant professor leading several of these studies, suggests that dense forest areas are more effective at boosting immunity than city parks and gardens.
We were meant to be outside in nature, not sitting in doors all day or complaining about trivial egotistical things such as why we can’t afford gas for our SUVs. Besides, the real people with the most issues would also feel better if they take a Shinrin-yoku; an aroma therapeutic trip into nature.
“Nature doesn’t bang any drums when she bursts forth into flowers, nor play any dirges when the trees let go of their leaves in the fall. But when we approach her in the right spirit, she has many secrets to share. If you haven’t heard nature whispering to you lately, now is a good time to give her the opportunity.”
~ Osho, in Osho Zen Taro: the Transcendental Game of Zen
Craig SOUNDA Brown is a Electronica Artist/Sound Designer; from off the planet rhetoric to a warrior for justice, peace, love and light. I invite you to join me on Facebook Reverbnation and follow me on Twitter.