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Forest Bathing(AKA: Take a Hike!)

Updated: May 18, 2021

My husband Jeff and I travel all around the world (see our travels at . We often hike and always wanted Hiking Poles. After winning a $150.00 REI Gift Card I decided it was time! Here we are with our cousin Peggy at Cold Spring Harbor Park on Long Island, NY. A wonderful trail, often uphill, but good natural steps and not too long (round trip under 2.5 miles for the "first section").

What is Forest Bathing? The practice of forest bathing, also called forest therapy, involves no bathing and isn't led by a therapist. In Japan, the practice is decades old and known as shinrin-yoku, which means "taking in the forest." Among the benefits, say practitioners and some researchers, are relaxation, less stress, connections with nature and, perhaps, insights to take home.

WHY Hike? Hiking outdoors has plenty of perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It's good for you, too. Hiking is a powerful cardio workout. And you don't need Hiking Poles - but boy they do give you more confidence in every step- I recommend using them!

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