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Stress Relief Can Be Available With Some Outdoor Time

By Tom Herrin

These are days when there is a great deal of concern about stress.  It has always been there but has taken on a new meaning in these more complex times.  It is pretty well understood that exercise is a key to resolving a lot of health issues, stress being one of them.  Most people are in need of more exercise but many do little to actually find something and then follow through with it.  A little connecting with the outdoors can go a long way toward addressing that need.  A simple thing such as backpacking can help to change the health picture for almost anyone.

Backpacking Can Increase Strength

Even carrying a small amount of weight can help to strengthen the core along with other muscles used when walking up and down mixed terrain.  There can be quite a bit of climbing and descending, depending on the area that is chosen for the trek.  Starting slow and simple can help to provide the conditioning needed to prepare for a greater challenge.  From there, the trekker can increase the difficulty according to the desire for more complex tasks.  Not only will the muscles increase in strength, bone density can increase as well.  This happens as there is more impact and weight carried on the load.  Every older person likes the idea of increasing bone density because it is a major concern.

The Heart and Circulatory System Can Be Improved

Any kind of climbing can increase the heart rate.  Backpacking on a trail with diverse challenges can help to build a stronger heart muscle, providing better blood flow.  Additionally it can improve blood flow throughout the body, which means a greater ability to carry oxygen to the cells.  More oxygen means a more efficient system with less injury.

The Outdoors Can Open Windows to the Mind

There is something that almost seems magical about being in the outdoors.  Hardly anyone can find fault with the fresh air and the wide open spaces that seem to clear the head and provide peace of mind.  These things combined tend to help relieve tension.  Good mental health is critical to better overall health.  It is usually associated with lower blood pressure and a better immune system.  Improved memory and a greater ability to relax are also typically connected with this kind of activity.  It is a great way to put that stress behind you.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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