Hiking is good for the soul! Nothing helps you connect with nature and nurture your spirit the way hiking can. Being outdoors in the wilderness far away from civilization and the hustle and bustle of every day life, breathing fresh, cleansing air and simply enjoying solitude can give you a different perspective and help you recharge your soul. This is where I think and strategize my next moves in life.
I’m thrilled to be back to one of my favorite things that i love to do by myself as well as with my family. Hiking the many trails that we are so blessed with in Los Angeles. It’s so much fun to explore different hiking trails and we love to take our friends to explore with us, exposing them to the great outdoors and hidden trails that we’ve discovered. Not only do you get your exercise, you usually get to see amazing views and perhaps wildlife.
My hubby, Tyson and I met 20 years ago this year (where does the time go) and one of our favorite things we loved to do, back in the day, was to go to all the great hiking spots in the Hollywood Hills. And now that we moved to the outer bounders of Los Angeles in Chatsworth, we can walk right out our front door and hit the many trails that are part of our backyard…literally!
We take the kids with us on the weekends and we try to hike at least 3 to 4 times a week. We usually clock in around 7 miles in 2 hours and we burn somewhere north of 750 calories thanks to my new Apple 3 watch that I got for Christmas. FYI, when I hike alone, I only hike on the major road for safety reasons but “trust” the paved road hike, ain’t no joke either, it’s all straight up hill!
Our crew hike
I know, that hiking has helped our marriage too! Hiking with an important someone allows you to check in with them on a deeper level and be a more supportive friend/partner/sibling/human. This special one-on-one time affords you the opportunity to be of service to those who are more important to you. After all, there’s nothing like hours of winding paths to get the lowdown on how your hiking bud is really feeling.
Hiking nourishes my mind, body and soul in ways I find impossible to replicate elsewhere, and I urge you to try it. Additionally, walking meditation is a common Buddhist practice wherein the goal is simply to walk and be present with every step we take. While more traditional seated forms of meditation aren’t for everyone, a long hike helps still the mind that’s constantly thinking about what we have to do next. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself. For me it’s plotting and planning!
Hiking invites a sense of adventure and can be a unique way to explore a new place. Hiking through nature’s wilderness is a great way to reduce stress and escape from destructive surroundings and relationships. You can enjoy beautiful scenery while getting healthy exercise and clean fresh air. What’s better than hiking through serene mountains, fields, streams and park trails filled with trees, flowers, birds and wildlife and allows you to experience a sense of freedom. The tranquil beauty of nature lets you focus on your thoughts and actions with a clear mind.
So for 2018 get out and hike…for your mind, body and soul!
Ali in the Valley