I know you have probably heard this phrase before.
TAKE A HIKE!
Maybe it was said in a mean or sarcastic way. But the truth is. TAKING A HIKE IS very good for you. Especially hiking in a natural setting like we have in Bella Vista. Research is showing that there is certainly many benefits of hiking regularly.
Less Stress and better cognitive function
A study by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources indicated that time in nature was found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including working memory, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety. The study had participants walking 50 minutes in a natural environment and 50 minutes in an urban environment. Guess which group were less stressed, had less anxiety and increased their work performance?
There are definite mental health benefits of hiking in a peaceful rural setting as opposed to an urban setting.
Better Sleep Quality
Bella Vista, Arkansas is located in Northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This area with its miles of beautiful woodlands, hills, and lakes is one of the most popular places to retire in the U.S.
Bella Vista has been nationally recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine. In 2017, Bella Vista was ranked as one of the 25 Best Places To Retire.
The population of Bella Vista takes advantage of the natural beauty surrounding their homes by taking part in many outdoor activities, from, walking, running, hiking, tennis, golf, kayaking, tennis, and pickleball.