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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Escaping the City

I haven't gone hiking for a long time and I recently had the opportunity to go again. Nature time is essential for feeling both physically and emotionally healthy. I've often felt much more at ease and generally more at peace after a hike. As it turns out, research shows that time spent in natural environments could be a key factor for maintaining mental health:
A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.
Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

With that said, here are some pictures from my latest outing in Angeles National Forest.

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