I enjoy walks in the bush with my son. Yesterday, we have a friend from Australia joining us. She was getting away from the bushfires in Australia and will be in Wellington for a few weeks.
What is so good about tramping (bushwalking/hiking)? There is mounting evidence that what people have long known by walking in nature – that there are mental health benefits – is actually supported by scientific observation. In the podcast, Our Better Nature: How The Great Outdoors Can Improve Your Life, Shankar discussed what we are learning about our psychological needs to be in the natural world.
When I walk, I find myself able to jump into the “here and now”. My mind stops racing about all of the things I want to do and I observe the flora and fauna around me. I feel the sun and wind on my face. I feel the rush of endorphines from physical activity. When I am walking, I always wonder why I put it off. We often put off things that support our well-being, from meditation to exercise. For me, tramping has a bit of both of these.
It was quite a good work-out yesterday, with very strong winds on the exposed bits of the trail. We did the Taua Tapu Track from Plimmerton to Pukerua Bay, turning back at the Whenua Tapu. We have a few more walks planned, to enjoy this summer. Next is with a picnic lunch!
(Source, Accessed, 07 Jan 2020)