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Outdoor Therapy - Hiking is Cooler than you think

Location: Oakwoods Metro Park -  Don't use Meetup maps, instead use this one to Meet us in the Nature Center Lobby - Oakwoods Nature Center


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: Approximately 3-4 miles.  Terrain is moderate

Cost: Free if you have a Metroparks annual pass, $4 if you dont.

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

12:00 noon - 12:30 - Meet n' Greet in the Nature Center Lobby. Get to know your fellow hikers in a relaxed and interesting setting.  Live critters to visit, beautiful scenery over the Huron River and a beautiful bird sanctuary all within the warm Nature Center with a natural fireplace and couches nearby.

12:30 - Hit the trails with your fellow hikers

Hike for approximately 1.5 hours

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Rebecca;.. I just walked around for some hours.. different direction I guess..it's a nice park tho!

    December 8, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Michael....they headed back out to do a final loop if you are still there.

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Couldn't find the group;(

    December 8, 2013

  • Dan H.

    My nav found it using
    28700 Oakwoods Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134

    December 8, 2013

  • Angela

    Can't seem to find it. Sorry!

    December 8, 2013

  • Lynette

    not able to make it

    December 8, 2013

  • Jill

    Not going to make it. :(

    December 8, 2013

  • Tammie B.

    So sorry gang, something came up at the last minute causing me to have to change my plans. I apologize for such late notice. Next time!

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could come, but I work Sunday night shift, so Sunday day will be spent sleeping. I hope to see you guys soon!

    December 2, 2013

  • maggie l.

    I would like to join group physical condition overweight/obese can I still join? Reply@[masked][masked] thanks

    November 25, 2013

  • Leonore

    This sounds great. Can I bring my 3 and 4 year old children?
    Thanks.

    November 18, 2013

    • Charity M.

      You are more than welcome to bring them. However, our pace will probably be too fast for them so make sure to get a copy of the trail map at the nature center if you fall behind the group.

      November 19, 2013

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