Rejuvenating Nature Walks: Your Best Friend this Summer

As summer unfurls its vibrant colours, it’s the perfect time for rejuvenating nature walks and enjoy the great outdoors. More than just a stroll, nature walks are an easy solution of our wellness routine. The first step towards embracing nature walks is to understand the rhythm and the pace of the natural world. Once you do, the trees, the birds, the rivers, and the sky become friends you meet on your way, silently playing the melody of nature to soothe your soul. They are like a secret potion for our health, ready to restore, refresh, and revitalise us. If in doubt, why not make nature walks your best friend this summer?

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Walk for your wellbeing this summer

A study by the University of East Anglia in 2018 found that exposure to green spaces significantly reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure, among other things. The health benefits of nature walks are significant and cannot be ignored.

Physically, a good nature walk can burn anywhere from 100 to 300 calories. The sunlight exposure during a walk enhances Vitamin D synthesis in the body, which is essential for bone health and immune system functioning. It plays a crucial role in facilitating the synthesis of vitamin D, fortifying bone strength, reducing blood pressure, and averting various diseases. Additionally, exposure to sunlight contributes significantly to enhancing mental health.

Mentally, nature walks are like hitting the refresh button on your mind. The sounds of rustling leaves, birds singing, or the simple silence of the woods can prove incredibly therapeutic. Research has shown that spending time in nature can lower the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, while enhancing mood and creativity.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that planting 10 additional trees in an 8,000 square foot neighbourhood led to residents of that area being as healthy on average as people who were 7 years younger.

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Nature walks-your personal stress-buster

In our everyday life, stress is an unwelcome yet frequent visitor. But nature has a solution. Walking in a green space, listening to the gentle rustling of leaves, and breathing in the fresh air can work wonders on your stress levels. This process activates your parasympathetic nervous system – the part of your nervous system that quietly regulates your heartbeat, breathing, and digestion. These walks are rejuvenating your nervous system, setting the stage for relaxation and regeneration.

“Forest air is a balm for the respiratory tract,” they say, and science backs this up. As you move further away from urban pollution and deeper into the woods, you embrace cleaner air, less fine particulate matter, and more oxygen. This improves your blood vessels’ elasticity and your lung capacity while lowering your blood pressure and pulse. As you bask in the cleaner, oxygen-rich forest air, it’s almost as if every breath is revitalising you from within.

The great outdoors holds a secret weapon for your immune system. The clean, forest air can increase the number of active immune cells in your body, giving your immunity a robust boost. Engaging in nature walks might just be the additional shield your body needs to fight off those seasonal allergies and ailments.

Nature’s soundtrack is refreshingly soothing. The birdsong, rustling leaves, and even the occasional animal noises are a welcome respite from the constant din of city life. This tranquil environment can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm..

In our digitally dominated lives, our concentration often takes a beating. Nature walks can be the antidote. The tranquillity of the woods and the focus required on the trail can sharpen your attention span. It’s as if each step on the trail or on the beach is a step towards enhanced mental clarity​.

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Nature walks- a feast for your eyes

Our eyes, often glued to screens, yearn for a break. What better way to provide this than by indulging them in the diverse hues and textures of nature? As your gaze wanders, taking in the vibrant colours and distant landscapes, you’re giving your eyes the workout they need to stay healthy. It’s a feast for your eyes, and a break they truly deserve​​.

As the warm summer breeze invites you outdoors, remember that a nature walk is more than just a walk—it’s an experience, a therapy, and a celebration of life. So, put on your walking shoes, step outside, and let the magical world of nature bestow upon you its bountiful gifts. A mindful nature walk is always a magical and unique experience, and you don’t really need an excuse to do it.

This summer, let nature be your personal fitness trainer. The oxygen content in forest air fuels your metabolism, giving it a natural boost. As you traverse the picturesque trails, you’ll be surprised at how many calories you can burn. A nature walk, in fact, can be as effective as jogging for distances under 5 kilometres.

Beyond physical fitness and mental relaxation, nature walks connect us to the very essence of life. The constant rush of modern living often detaches us from our roots. Walking in nature provides a platform for mindfulness, enhancing self-awareness and fostering a deeper sense of peace. Here’s to staying fit the natural way!

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Dr Marina Nani
Dr Marina Nani

Editor-in-Chief of Rich Woman Magazine, founder of Sovereign Magazine, author of many books, Dr Marina Nani is a social edification scientist coining a new industry, Social Edification.
Passionately advocating to celebrate your human potential, she is well known for her trademark "Be Seen- Be Heard- Be You" running red carpet events and advanced courses like Blog Genius®, Book Genius®, Podcast Genius®, the cornerstones of her teaching.
The constant practitioner of good news, she founded MAKE THE NEWS
( MTN) with the aim to diagnose and close the achievement gap globally.
Founder of many publications, British Brands with global reach Marina believes that there is a genius ( Stardust) in each individual, regardless of past and present circumstances.
"Not recognising your talent leaves society at loss. Sharing the good news makes a significant difference in your perception about yourself, your industry and your community."

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