WW #119: Nighttime Hike Over Barcelona

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.stepping out of my comfort zone by hikingThe sun set as we reached the top, coloring the ski burnt-orange and red and the mountains a deep grey-blue.reduce stress with a hikeTibidabo at night.hiking as a way to cope with stressBy 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!step out of your comfort zone and try new thingsThe Barcelona skyline at night.try hiking to reduce stressExercise 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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  • Joe Valenti

    it looks really nice there, thank you for the post!

  • Pat Ferro

    Great video’s great giveaway Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Lisa Brown

    everyone looks happy and had a great time 🙂

    • Thanks for reading, Lisa! 🙂

  • cynthiac

    Looks like a great way to make new friends.

    • It really is! Stepping outside of your comfort zone is worth it!

  • mami2jcn

    My husband has been to Barcelona on business but I’ve never been there…one day, I hope!

  • Sandy Klocinski

    I would love to visit Barcelona. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Natalie

    I have always dreamed of visiting Barcelona. That sunset is incredible!

    • Hope you get to, Natalie! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Amber Gibson

    So much fun – I definitely try to exercise when I’m feeling stressed.

    • It was something new for me and I’m glad I tried it! Thanks for reading!

  • Tiff

    I reduce stress by reading books however your pictures make me want to jump on a plane and visit Barcelona.

    • I enjoy a good book, too! Great stress reliever!

  • shannon fowler

    Great post! This is something I use myself, and since I work in mental health I always try to help patients find this for themselves as well.

  • Lisa

    What a beautiful view!

    • It was breathtaking! Thanks for reading!

  • slehan

    I swim in a class 3 times a week and love the interactions along with the exercise.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • shellypeterson

    What a beautiful place!

  • Ed

    The idea of this hike sounds magnificent!

    • Go for one if you get the chance!

  • Leela

    What a beautiful sunset.