REMEDY BLOG | WALK IN THE PARK
Just A Walk In The Park, But Wait... It's More
September 25, 2017 | Brandon Mills
You would think one foot in front of the other would be the same in the concrete jungle as it is out in a national park. For your feet... maybe. However, studies have shown that our brains respond totally differently to walks in nature versus those city strolls. Luckily here at Remedy Hike, we are all about the brain game.
According to National Geographic and cognitive psychologists like David Strayer, "when we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful, natural surroundings... not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves as well." Strayer and his colleagues wanted to put this to the test. So, they grabbed a group of Outward Bound participants and used them as guinea pigs. And guess what? On average, each participant performed 50 percent better on creative problem solving tasks after only three days of wilderness backpacking.
Want to read more about this proof-in-the-pudding?
Its all about breaking old habits. When we exhaust our three pound idea machine (the brain), we can start to feel stressed out, anxious or even depressed. Some of us may turn to alcohol or cannabis in these situations. But what if we can turn old habits into new ones by consistently connecting with like minded people in a natural outdoor setting instead?
According to the latest research, we can leave the these journeys feeling restored and rejuvenated... and importantly with newly elevated levels of creativity!
Now the only question is... where can we find one of these Outward Bound-esque groups?
We can think of at least one ;)
We will always be disappointed that a group of squid isn't called a squad.
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