Even though Punxsutawney Phill saw his shadow and decided that there are 6 more weeks of winter, that is no reason for you to climb back into bed this weekend. Get up, get out and go explore!
This time of year is the perfect time to get out and go for a hike. The air is cool in the morning before the day warms up to comfy temperatures as the sun gets higher in the sky. There are hiking trails everywhere that are looking forward to having your feet on them. A great site for local hikes that we love at the SEED Peoples Market is SoCalHiker The site breaks down hikes by location, mileage, difficulty and even if they are dog friendly, because we all know that the 4 leggeds love to explore with us. If you are a dog parent who wants to hike with your pup, check out BringFido!
You can bet that this time of year there is a good chance that you will still have brisk mornings on your walk, so make sure to take a lightweight jacket that dries fast, and is super comfortable. Regardless of how long a hike you take it is important to stay hydrated, and have shoes with good support. Consider taking a lightweight backpack for your keys, water, snacks and basic first aid supplies. Hiking is a great way to get out and get exercise while being surrounded by nature. If a long hike is daunting don't worry, even an afternoon at the park or a walk on the beach will provide many of the same health benefits as a hike.
Did you know that there are several studies that show spending time in nature is beneficial for long and short term health, both physical and mental? One type of nature medicine is called ecopsychology, the relationship between nature and people. Spending time in nature everyday will help with mental clarity, happiness and an overall reduction of stress. Dive into this article about Nature and Mental Health by Mind.org.uk to learn more about the connections between the natural world and your mental health.
So take advantage of every opportunity to find a new hiking trail, watch a sunrise or sunset at the beach, or just a quick walk at your local park. Get up, get out and go explore. It is good for your mind and your body, now who doesn't want a healthier mind and body. Remember to share your adventures with us, use the hashtag #Seedinthewild on Instagram.
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Written by Dianna Armand
*Images via SoCal Hiker and Crystal Cove State Park