Those suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are easily distracted and have trouble staying focused and have difficulty controlling impulses. It is perplexing for parents to raise children with ADHD, but great news emerged from researchers who revealed that hiking outdoors can reduce their ADHD symptoms.
According to this study, exposure to nature is beneficial to anyone with inattention and impulsivity. Doctors conclude that green activities or settings can improve attention, for example participating in a nature hike or simply any activity in the park can ease the unwanted symptoms of ADHD.
Hiking in nature can boost brainpower, and it is an excellent form of exercise that can burn 500- 700 calories an hour depending on how difficult the hike is.
Another benefit of hiking is that it is not as hard on our joints as other exercises like running. Hiking is also an excellent choice for those who hope to integrate exercise into their lives. Body and mind are naturally connected; we are all familiar with the expression “healthy body, healthy mind”. Exercise helps keep our brains nourished and healthy.
A study in the University of British Columbia indicated that exercise can improve memory and cognitive ability, prevent cognitive decline, reduce stress and anxiety, release endorphins (feel- good hormones) and boost self- esteem.
It is really astonishing that a simple and low- cost physical activity like hiking can provide so many health benefits for the body and the brain. “Take a hike” is not a phrase we want to hear especially from our doctors, but now they prescribe hiking because they have our wellbeing in mind. Progressive doctors are aware that people who hike in nature enjoy better physical and mental health. Fortunately, hiking is one of the easiest sports to get involved in and it is fun for the whole family.