Of all the known ways to reduce stress, exercise reigns supreme. When you find a way to make exercise fun, social and beautiful, you’ve got a winning formula. Well, this all adds up to hiking.
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Reduce Stress with Exercise
Living in New York City, I don’t have many opportunities to hike on a regular basis. Last week, a friend invited me to participate in a group hike up to Tibidabo Amusement Park. Starting out, I didn’t know any of the fellow hikers particularly well. Yet as we walked, we chatted about our lives, kids, work, backgrounds, and dreams. Four hours later, with sore feet and our tummies full of delicious tortilla, we left each other delighted with an evening incredibly well-spent.
Here’s the group at departure time, 8 p.m.The sun set as we reached the top, coloring the ski burnt-orange and red and the mountains a deep grey-blue.Tibidabo at night.By 10:30 p.m., we reached our dinner spot, a tiny establishment that served up the most delicious tortilla I’ve ever had. We were ravenous!The Barcelona skyline at night.Exercise is one of the best ways to cope with stress, battling the blues from lack of self-confidence to depression while boosting our health and immunity. Try in whatever small ways you can manage to work out daily. If you can find a way to combine exercise with social interaction, all the better. Organize a walk with a friend or attend a group fitness or dance class. When you feel connected to others, you’re happier and more productive.
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