Go Take a Hike! It's Healthy for Your Body and Your Brain.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 Photo Courtesy of The Columbian, 2009

 

In the Pacific Northwest, the spring hiking season is about to get underway. April's rainy weather makes our local trails muddy and slippery, therefore, we are still a few weeks out.  May will bring an influx of adventurous people in boots and backpacks, ready to exercise their bodies and quiet their minds. 


We both enjoyed reading a recent article regarding the benefits of hiking. The part we especially found interesting is how it impacts our brain. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that spending time in nature significantly decreases negative thought processes. Especially, the type of obsessive rumination that can be difficult to break. 

 

In addition, the participants in the study were unplugged as they backpacked through nature. No technology whatsoever! We're not surprised to learn a nice long hike, without a cell phone, can reduce mental fatigue, soothe our mind, and increase creative thinking. And, once you invest in suitable shoes and a day pack for emergency provisions, it's free, except for perhaps a parking pass at a trailhead. 

 

Hiking also burns calories (400-700 an hour)  and builds muscles and bone density. Your body and mind get in shape as nature works its quiet magic. While we agree with the tech-free advice, we think it's important to carry a cellphone in your pack for emergencies. Peace of mind while you enjoy the peace-and-quiet is also an important consideration. 


There are many trails in our area for hikers to choose from, and because of our close proximately to the Columbia River Gorge, there are some pretty rigorous hikes for those in good shape. However, you can easily find trails for nearly every ability in Southwest Washington. Here's a list of hikes in the Clark County Washington Parks system. 

 

 

Here's a video recap of a hike we took several years ago. The Cape Horn Loop gives you fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge. A bonus for us, in the spring and early summer months, a profusion of colorful wildflowers dot the meadows.

Keep in mind, the loop is closed between February 1 - to July 15 for nesting falcons. Portions of the trail are quite precarious and exposed, dogs should be on leashes and young hikers should be closely supervised. 

 

 

 

Do your body and mind a favor this spring - Take a hike! 

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Debb. I just saw something about this earlier on the Today Show. I like to hike too.

Apr 10, 2019 07:47 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson  - it's good for us! Always knew it intuitively, but it's nice to get confirmation. :) 

Apr 10, 2019 07:50 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Debb and Bernie - while I am not a hiker I do like 'getting out and about".  The benefits are abundant.  

Apr 10, 2019 07:53 AM #3
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Now that our snow is melting I too am looking forward to getting out there for some long walks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD . I know my mental health always improves with the fresh air.

Apr 10, 2019 07:54 AM #4
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True, the benefits are abundant Michael Jacobs 

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm it really does release the endorphins. 

Apr 10, 2019 08:18 AM #5
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Roy Kelley
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This is excellent advice to share. I plan to take more photowalks while we are enjoying beautiful spring weather in Maryland. 

Apr 10, 2019 08:18 AM #6
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We will look forward to seeing them Roy Kelley Those walks and garden visits have to be so good for both you and Dolores - physically and mentally. 

Apr 10, 2019 08:21 AM #7
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Debb,

What a nice hike you took us on.  We wanted to got to the beach yesterday, however the winds were crazy here all afternoon and through the night.  We both were awakened several time. ,Today it slowed down to 6mph.   Hopefully, we will be able to get out this afternoon. A

Apr 10, 2019 08:30 AM #8
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Sharon Lee
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What a gorgeous view you both had. Bet Mac enjoyed it.  A true nature as neighbors outing. 

Apr 10, 2019 09:09 AM #9
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Will Hamm
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Hi Debb,  Now that we should be back in the 70's other then todayand tomorrow blizzard, I am back out door hanging and get in 10,000 steps a day.  (Winds back up to 60 mph and snow by 4 today.)

Apr 10, 2019 09:17 AM #10
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Nina Hollander
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I don't know about hiking, Debb, but I love to walk. And I never walk connected to any technology. When I go to the gym, my phone is left in the car.

Apr 10, 2019 12:01 PM #11
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - a Very well done video that can tempt even the biggest couch potatoes to get out and enjoy nature and hiking.  I can't agree more with you about the benefits of hiking. 

Apr 10, 2019 12:58 PM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Debb and Bernie - I should find some trails around here.  I am sure it would do wonders.  This is the third AR post I have read today about hiking.

Apr 10, 2019 01:22 PM #13
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Jane Peters
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Ah, yes, the beauty of nature. I just came back from South America. I wish I enjoyed hiking but I did my best to enjoy as much of the outdoors asI could and breathe the fresh air,.

Apr 10, 2019 02:20 PM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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What an awesome post, now when I saw the headline I was thinking I have told people over the years to Take  Hike:) and it was healthy for my soul and body too:))Endre

Apr 10, 2019 10:46 PM #15
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, as much as I like to hike, I would have to travel but I do walk a lot. Being outdoors, close to nature has many benefits, we just have to make sure we are disconnected from technology to get the full benefits.

Apr 11, 2019 05:23 PM #16
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Hi Debb and Bernie:

Who would have thought there were so many advantages to hiking, apart from just enjoying the views!

Thank you for sharing that video - it was wonderful!

Jeff

Apr 12, 2019 01:31 PM #17
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Good evening Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

Love the arm chair hiling you took us on in your wonderful video! There is nothing like getting close to Mother Nature and enjoying all she has to offer.

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This is a super resource post for those looking to explore new sites in nature and enjoy the good exercise a hike brings as well.

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