Mount Nittany Health is partnering with ClearWater Conservancy to host free, guided hikes that are perfect for all ages and skill levels. These hour-long walks are a great opportunity to spend some time relaxing outdoors with your neighbors and friends exploring the beautiful natural areas in our own backyard.
Hiking is proven to be good for both your physical and mental health. The hikes on July 24 and July 27 at Tom Tudek Park will also feature a tour of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden.
According to Mount Nittany Health’s Dr. Paul Klink, “Being active outdoors is an important component to physical wellness. It can help you shed a few extra pounds, strengthen your heart, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, relieve muscle tension, reduce blood sugar levels, and decrease the production of stress hormones. Time spent outdoors can also help ward off depression and reduce anger, fear, anxiety, and stress.”
Research has shown that just 20 minutes spent in a park is enough to improve your sense of wellbeing.
Mount Nittany Health is sponsoring these upcoming hikes:
- Week of July 24 at Tom Tudek Park
Sunday, July 24, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 p.m.
- Week of August 7 at Lederer Park
Sunday, August 7, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 p.m.
- Week of August 21 at Musser Gap Trail
Sunday, August 21, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
When going out on hikes, consider the following tips from Centred Outdoors:
- Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat on your adventure.
- Bring your own reusable, filled water bottle. On hotter days and longer walks/hikes, bring extra water to stay properly hydrated.
- Pack a light snack or lunch, especially if taking a longer walk or hike.
- Carry a charged cell phone for photos and phone calls.
- Other items to consider: bug spray, first aid kit, walking stick, binoculars, child carrier pack, bags for cleaning up after pets.
Find more information about Centred Outdoors, including more hiking opportunities and more Mount Nittany Health Tips here: https://www.centredoutdoors.org/