Hit The Trail!

Mark Twain once wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

We believe that Mark had his priorities straight.

Taking time for ourselves to explore and be in nature is incredibly important-especially with the way that our lives are evolving with too much time sitting in front of computers and constantly connected to our phones. The benefits received from hiking or walking in nature are numerous. Here’s a friendly reminder list of 6 scientifically proven health benefits of hitting the trail and being in the great outdoors…

Vitamin D

The sun supplies us with the best source of Vitamin D. Those who don’t get enough are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, cancer, and possibly Alzheimer’s. Getting enough sunlight has also been linked with the prevention of diabetes, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and depression.

Improved Sleep

Poor sleep is often caused by poor sleep patterns. Our sleep patterns are regulated by an internal body clock called the circadian rhythm. Our circadian rhythms are naturally tied to the sun’s schedule. Spending too much time inside-away from natural light and with increased exposure to artificial light can alter our sleep patterns. If you want to sleep better-get outside and go for a hike!

Clean Air

Trees use photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into the oxygen we need to breathe. Going for a hike in the fresh air can boost your immune system, bust stress, increase happiness, and energize you. If you’re feeling depleted-get outside and go for a hike!

Grounding

According to a study reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, grounding (meaning having direct physical contact with the earth) can have an intense anti-inflammatory and energizing effect on the body. So if you want to feel the energy of the earth, get outside and take your shoes off. Hippies have been doing it right all along!

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Exercise

Sitting too much can result in impaired fat burning capacity, decreased bone density, increased blood pressure, and a shortened life span. Conversely, hiking or walking can help prevent or improve heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and a host of psychological disorders. If you want to live longer and feel better-get outside!

Psychological Health

Last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors has been linked to improved attention span (both short and long term), boosts in serotonin levels, and increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love. If you’re feeling down-get outside and play-it’s good for you!

Don’t let the logistics bog you down for your trek in Arizona-we can supply you with friendly, knowledgeable guides, quality gear, good food, and transportation to the trail! Our goal is to immerse you in the beauty of this wonderful area with a memorable day in an amazing landscape.