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10 Benefits Of A Walk In The Woods

Updated on October 6, 2012

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We hear all the time about how we need to find time in our busy lives to relax, to take a moment and free ourselves from the chains of our daily hassles. We all have our own idea of what relaxing should involve and our own way of winding down.

Whether it be a guilty pleasure on television, settling in with a good book, or exercising to keep fit, we all need to find a little time to reflect. For me, there is nothing like a good walk in the woods.

In the woods, the sounds of nature replace the sounds of the office. A chirping bird in a tree replaces the printer jam alert as the leaves blowing in the wind take the place of the rattling air ducts overhead. Crawling out from underneath the fluorescent lights of the office and into the sunshine can be just what the doctor ordered.

Here are 10 benefits of a walk in the woods:

Solitude – I love being in the midst of all the trees. Under the canopy of the shade on a hot summer day, or enjoying the yellow, orange, and brown colors of fall. Even in the winter, the cold air can exhilarating after being stuck indoors.

Perspective - Every time I return from a walk, I have a fresh perspective on life. Well maybe not on life, but I do breathe easier knowing that whatever had me so stressed out isn't all that important on the larger scale of life.

The sights – As someone who spends hours a day in front of a computer screen, getting out and seeing the world in high definition can be humbling and breathtaking. With all of our technological advances, still can’t duplicate the real thing.

Exercise – With all of this going on, it’s easy to forget I’m out there moving. Walking up a steep hill, I'm rewarded with a great view for my efforts. Instead of walking around a track and counting the laps, I walk alongside the creek, with large trees or bridges as my markers.

Getting dirty – In the woods I wear my old clothes and my old sneakers, it’s just me and the dogs, and we’re not worried about impressing anyone.

Unplugging – Maybe not for these pictures, but usually I leave the phone at home. It’s nice to be free of the ringing and buzzing that has become so common in our lives.

Creativity – Alone with just my thoughts (and dogs in my case), it's amazing all of the stuff I find rattling around in my head. I find that when I'm alone in the woods, the ideas come flooding in when I least expect it.

Learning – Perhaps it’s my age, but these days I take an interest in the trees around me. The oaks, the maples, and the Dogwoods, I like to know my environment.

Being a kid again – There’s something about the woods that brings out our inner child. Memories of childhood flicker in the back of my mind when I'm running or walking in the woods.

Stress relief - I find it difficult to worry about trivial matters when I'm in the serenity of the forest. As I follow the well worn path, I feel the healing powers of nature.


Unplugging and getting out does wonders for my state of mind and keeps me moving. In the woods I breathe easier and feel better, the smaller problems that plague my everyday life become manageable as I return refreshed and energized.

With the beeps and clicks of technology constantly humming in the background, try a walk in the park or the woods for a change of pace. I haven't found an app that can duplicate the true beauty of nature, and when it calls, it could help us all to listen.


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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      I suppose it's pretty cold up there now Phil! Thanks for reading!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      I love it efficient, it keeps me sane! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      It's been a long while since I have had the opportunity to do this. You remind me of the importance of doing it, thanks.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      One of my favorite pastimes in getting out on the nature trail for a good 3-4 mile walk. It's great exercise and love the sunshine and fresh air. I can actually smell the woods on me when I get back indoors.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks ignugent, I'm with you on the snakes...I stay clear of the creek!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      This is wonderful. It is really very useful. The only thing that I don't like in walking in the woods is that seeing snakes. But it didn't really stop me from walking. :-)

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Sounds beautiful Paula, nothing like getting outside! Thanks!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yes..yes..yes.. Weestro....You said it well and you speak my language. Since I am 98% Home-body (even work from home, in retirement from my former career) I am so grateful for having the "gifts" you mention, in, on and around my own property. The entry to a large & beautiful wooded area, is approximately 30 steps from my back door. 50 yards in a northern direction is Big Sister Creek, the most popular fishing area around.....and I actually own into the creek 20, crabby-hunting with my grandchildren.....turtle and heron watching......geese and deer in my back yard. My little piece of heaven. Is this conducive to peace and relaxation? I don't need to answer that.

      I believe you have enticed your readers to take that walk and reap the benefits!! It's habit forming...........Wonderful hub....UP+++

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Marlo, don't forget to leave the phone at home!

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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

      Voted up. Yes, being in the woods is much better than being in the office, lol. You have encouraged me to get out there...and relax. Ty!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      I hear you jpcmc, it can be hard to get away from our busy lives, even for just a moment. Thanks for stopping by!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I miss the days when i hiked and camped. The busy work scheule just can't give me enough time to do this again. ..or perhaps I'm just not trying enough. When my daughter grows older, I will definitely take her hiking and enjoying nature.

      Nature is a natural stress buster for me.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Oh no, sorry to hear that shining, maybe that should have been your little secret! Thanks for reading!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I agree 100%. You and I are fortunate to have such beauty in our back yards. That photo of the suspension walk way is awesome! I would be out walking on that as well, taking in such scenery.

      The last time my sister joined me for a walk in the woods, I showed her this naturally bent tree that I would sit on and enjoy the scenery. I would swing my legs and the tree would naturally bounce up and down. SHE BROKE IT!

      Great hub and fabulous advice.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      That's why I sent the dog out first innerspin! Kidding of course, thanks for reading!

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      Kim Kennedy 5 years ago from uk

      Your hub was almost as good as a walk in the woods - a refreshing reminder of life's simple pleasures. Not sure I'd go over that bridge though, it looks a little dodgy! Thanks for an enjoyable read.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      There's something about the water that's always relaxing... Thanks Carol!

      Thanks for stopping by Becky, sounds soothing, sorry to hear about your pain.

      Well said Chef! Couldn't agree more...thanks for reading!

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thank you for this hub, made of tree and fresh air! Yes walking in the woods, through the woods, is a joy and can be a definite stress buster, any time of year.

      When we can't see the woods for the trees, when we're low or want to work something out - head for the enchanted forest!

      Votes for this little gem.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Lovely hub. I love walking in the woods. Now though, I have to settle for getting the car as far out there as I can and just sitting mostly. I am having problems with my back and it is painful to walk far. I take a seat out with me and walk as far as I can, then sit until it gets done hurting. Then walk some more until I can;t stand it any more. I enjoyed your walk in the woods.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love walking in the woods for all of the above reasons. We have a lake close by with lots of trees around it and it feels like the woods...Thanks for a great hub and voting UP.