Outdoor Therapy- Hiking

Location: Brighton State Recreation Area -  Don't use Meetup maps, instead use this one to Meet us in parking lot of Bishop Lake Complex NOT Bishop Lake Campground near trailhead.  Directions Link:  http://goo.gl/maps/ghkXR

Your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body--you either use it or you lose it. 

As a Mental Health Therapist and a Lifelong Outdoor Enthusiast, I know by experience and education how important outdoor exercise is. This hike is cross posted with my hiking group.

Studies have shown that hiking in the Great Outdoors is not only good for the body but also Great for the Brain. A few factoids: 

1. Fresh Air and Natural Vitamin D from the sun (even overcast sun) increases lung capacity and melatonin which makes the Brain happier, even on grey days! 

2. Decreases Stress, Depression, Anxiety, confusion, Seasonal Affective Disorder and let's just say it.... The winter blahs due to increases of Norepinephrine 

3. Boosts Brain function by increasing brain plasticity and stimulates Seratonin, Endorphins, Glutamate, Dopamine and other areas that create happiness or pleasure. 

4. Improves memory and learning by increasing important chemicals that help prevent degeneration of the Hippocampus. 

5. Socializing with fellow hikers increases enjoyment level which helps the brain crave exercise more instead of dreading it. 

6. Outdoor physical activity has a 50% greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym.

Details and Itinerary:

Hike: Khachin Trail. Approximately 2 miles, moderate somewhat hilly terrain .  Terrain is moderate

Cost: Free if you have a State Park annual pass, $5 if you dont.

Wear good hiking boots or tennis shoes with good traction.  Dress warm!

3:30-3:45- Meet n Greet Hikers in Bishop Lake Complex Parking lot near  trailhead. 

3:45- Hike for approximately 1.5 hours

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  • Spilly G

    I am very interested in the hiking group meetups but unfortunately I have more work this sunday than I had anticipated. I look forward to joining in on these in the future.

    March 16

  • Charity M.

    As mentioned in this event, i cross post these hikes with this group and my hiking group. So far 40 others are going to be joining us for the hike tomorrow.

    March 15

  • Cynthia D.

    I'm interested in this type of activity. However, I have a previous commitment for this date.

    March 10

  • Melani

    I'd love to do this, but I don't drive. I'm looking forward to a hike in Dearborn though.

    March 10

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