By far the best activity for us in Utah has been the hiking. Getting out of the condo 2 or 3 times a day for a hike has saved my sanity. It isn't easy molding your life into another's and so the break in the days have been a Godsend. It is the main activity of each day and has helped me in ways I never imagined.
We generally do a morning, afternoon and evening hike. We just head out the front door in any direction and see where it takes us. We usually follow deer paths and find ourselves deep in the forest. The Japanese have done extensive studies on the benefits of hiking in the wilderness which they call Shinrin Yoku. The basic premise is this...
Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy,
the medicine of simply being in the forest.
The proven benefits include...
Just as impressive are the results that we are experiencing as we make this part of our regular practice:
Isn't that lovely? So instead of a hike, go for a bath in the forest and absorb all the natural beauty and healing effects of nature. For some inspiration take a look at this little video.