The Benefits of Nature Walks

You may not think of yourself as an “outdoorsy” person, but you don’t have to be to appreciate some time spent outdoors. The odds are pretty good that you aren’t too far away from a place where you can get away from it all and enjoy all that nature has to offer, so why not make plans to take a nature walk today?

Why take a nature walk?

The benefits of exercise – both physically and mentally – are well known. But taking a walk in the woods may be even better for you than just walking down the street.

• It is fun to see the animals, and it’s a great way to learn about them. Squirrels aren’t the most exotic of animals, but it is kind of fun when you spot one in the woods. Who knows what else you might see? A beautiful bird, a larger-than-average butterfly, or a caterpillar inching his way along? It’s amazing to think of all that is happening out in nature!

• It’s nice to be in a different environment. If you live in the city but can walk in the woods it’s a nice change of pace from everything you see day to day. A running stream, a tree reaching far into the sky, and even leaves and dirt can become somewhat magical when you don’t see these all the time.

• It is a great way to find peace and quiet. When you walk in the city, your thoughts are interrupted with cars going by and sirens in the distance. The lack of noise out in nature may surprise you at first, but you’ll quickly learn to cherish it. Walking out in nature gives you the silence you need to really think or the opportunity just to clear your mind and not think about anything at all.

Once you have taken one nature walk, the odds are very good that you’ll want to take more. Being out in the woods is great for the body, mind and soul! At Wasatch Crest Treatment in Heber, Utah, learning to appreciate nature is an important part of living a happy life. Call (800) 385-3507.

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