Go Forever Wild in the Adirondacks

Hurricane Irene left behind the Lucky Seven Slide on Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks

The Lucky Seven Slide on Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks, a result of Hurricane Irene

Several studies cited in a recent article in Outside magazine further validate a vital aspect of the Adirondack Lifestyle Wellness Theory; being outside is good for your head.

In, “You Need a Braincation,“  Outside editors note five cognitive benefits derived from spending time in nature:  increased attention span, better memory, reduced stress, improved mood, and greater creativity.  I love it when scientific studies support my layperson theories.

The article’s suggestion we “go wild” also caught my eye.  In 1894, the New York State constitution was amended to proclaim henceforth, the Adirondack Forest Preserve would be “forever wild.” Coincidence? I think not. For centuries, the Adirondacks Mountains have been a destination for those seeking healing and inspiration.  It seems people know, even without a study condoning it, what makes them feel happy, creative, and inspired. Imagine the problems we could solve if more people spent more time outdoors.

Since we can all use all the help we can get in the cognition department, and the Adirondack Park is one of the most beautiful, awe inspiring, and inviting places to spend time outdoors,  I suggest you give it a shot.  But you don’t have to listen to me - read the studies - all that science can’t be wrong.

Special thanks to my friend Dave over at Towns and Trails for giving me the heads up on today’s featured article!

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