Taking a walk in the woods, sometimes called forest bathing, is one of the best things you can do for your health. After spending the past few sunny days basking in the breath of the trees, I thought of all the benefits of taking a nice, refreshing walk in the woods. Sitting in the forest can be more energizing and uplifting than a morning cup of coffee and I always underestimate what a great mood the trees and bushes can put you in. Here are 7 benefits of a walk in the woods.
7 Benefits of a Walk in the Woods
- Experience Nature
Just yesterday, I picked up a beautiful feather from a Magpie bird. The flock wasn’t far away. Stepping into the forest allows you to get up close and personal with all kinds of animals.
- Breathe Easier
Trees produce the oxygen in our precious air to breath. Walking in the woods provides some of the freshest and cleanest oxygen around.
- Reduce Stress
Walking itself has health benefits and strolling through nature is twice as healthy. Being around the color green and living trees helps reduce tension and anger.
- Boost Immune Function
Being outdoor exposes you to more insects and bacteria, boosting your white blood cells and immune function.
- Learn to Forage
Getting out in the woods and learning to forage can provide you with an amazing bounty of natural and free food! Edible field garlic, mushrooms and edible greens are abundant in the Pacific Northwest.
- Cognitive Benefits
Getting outside can also benefit your brain! Not only will walking through the woods inspire you, it can impact the way you perceive and view color. You will be able to pick out more varieties and shades of color and see subtle light patterns easier.
- Find Peace
The woods are a sanctuary amid the fast-paced hustle and bustle of modern life. Sit and observe the slow movement of leaves in the wind, hear the rustle of the bushes and sit in peace.
My husband always says if everyone on Earth took a daily walk in the woods, we could solve the problem of human carbon emissions. Go step outside today and feed the trees with your breath. They give you the life force of oxygen, so pay it forward. Happy travels!
Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.