Hello SOTGC Community,
Multi-tasking is a wonderful thing and over the years, my girlfriends and I have discovered the awesomeness that is hiking.
Almost all of us are aware that studies consistently show that cardio activities improve cognitive ability and that within a few months of even just weekly workouts, gray and white matter in the prefrontal and temporal lobes start growing. Cardio floods the brain with chemicals that enhance cognitive functions such as memory retention, problem solving, and decision making. Recent research has even found that regular cardio exercise can create permanent structural changes to the brain itself. I don’t know about you, but I need my noggin to grow and be sharp.
What hiking also does is create “quality time” where we can strengthen bonds with others. During our hikes, my girlfriends and I catch up on news from the week and because hikes are pretty long – sometimes 2-3 hours – we end up just chatting about nothing, and I feel those “I have nothing further to report but let’s just shoot the breeze” conversations bring us closer. The bonding is further strengthened as we jointly experience the happy juice that results from physical activity: serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Of course, this experience can also be shared with family and hot dates. 🙂
What I also love about hiking is that it takes you out of the regular gym routine and back into nature – away from the office, shopping malls and suburbia. Communing with nature is therapeutic for the soul and I always return feeling refreshed and invigorated. It’s a great detox session physically and emotionally.
Click here for a good roundup of available trails in San Diego. Why not go hiking next weekend with your girlfriends or significant other?
Marney Reid is a Marketing Program Manager for a global industry leader in medical device. She is also the Founder of Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. She has nine years of sales experience in male dominated industries and is transcending the Glass Ceiling by using her authentic value proposition as a competitive advantage.