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Outdoor Therapy - Hiking is Cooler than you think

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

Is there not enough parking spaces on the Ann Arbor Trail side, go to this link to use the other parking lot on the Hines drive side.

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 

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

1:00 noon - 1:30 - Meet n' Greet in the Nankin Mills Nature Center. Get to know your fellow hikers in a relaxed and interesting setting.  Live critters to visit, history info on Nankin Mills etc...

1:30 - Hit the trails with your fellow hikers

Hike for approximately 1.5 hours

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  • 7th Dave of A.

    This hike was just as cool as I thought.

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ten people total hiked for 1 hour in several inches of snow with more falling the entire time. I was impressed with the turnout and even more impressed with the positive attitude of everyone considering it was very wintry weather. We hiked Holliday-Ellsworth to Nankin Lake and back. It was 20 F.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we missed it! We were snowed in. Hope to make the next one!

    December 15, 2013

  • Dawn

    Thanks for the hike. Nice to get out with fellow outdoors adventurers.

    December 15, 2013

  • Ling

    Sorry for missing it this time. Last minute, realized need to remove snow of the drive way & side walk.
    You all enjoy it!

    December 14, 2013

  • Dan H.

    Ill be there in a few minutes

    December 14, 2013

  • Kim G.

    I94 East is closed right now due to an accident. I would never make it on time. Bummer. Hope you guys have a great hike!

    December 14, 2013

    • Charity M.

      Thanks for letting us know Kim and updating your RSVP. Hopefully you can join us next time!

      December 14, 2013

  • 7th Dave of A.

    Bring it on Snowpocalypse 1.0!

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Link K.

    Is anybody coming from the Ann Arbor area? I'd like to go, but there's more snow than is safe for my car to be on the road today. (But the snow is why I'd really like to go!)

    December 14, 2013

  • Dan H.

    I enjoyed last weeks hike and look forward to this one and meeting more nice people!

    1 · December 11, 2013

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