Get up, get out, get active


Friendly words of advice from park rangers greet travelers hiking in Azusa Canyon.

Friendly words of advice from park rangers greet travelers hiking in Azusa Canyon.

 

Spring is here, but students have eased into the rhythm of college routines and have become totally absorbed in the hustle and bustle of college life. Every day the typical college student is cooped up in a classroom, a library or at home, closed in by walls and ceilings.

It would be beneficial for students to get away and enjoy nature.  An outdoor excursion can be refreshing for the body and therapeutic for the mind and soul.

Spending time outdoors seems, too often, to end up on the bottom of a daily to-do-list. Of course, during routine drives to school or work we see trees, plants and occasional critters, but seldom do we take the time to enjoy them. Such respites in nature are rare. We have places to go, and things to do that keep us running on a tight schedule.

Without neglecting responsibility for our ‘on-the-go schedules,’ this spring, let’s allow ourselves to take advantage of that unexpected free time we have midweek or on the weekends to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. California spring is the perfect time to enjoy our beautiful state and there are many outdoor activities to choose from.

It’s wonderful time to go biking or hiking and allow nature to revitalize the senses. Hiking is one of those activities that get’s you out of the gym and into nature, while giving you that same intense workout. As many of you may know, we have our own local getaway, The Garcia Trail in Azusa that is a great hike to experience. There also is Eaton Canyon in Pasadena and further east are the Claremont Wilderness Trails that are great hiking spots to enjoy.

So if you’re finding yourself a bit overwhelmed by deadlines or other life stresses and you just need to get away, get up and GET OUT.

Spending time outdoors is far better than downtime with technology that actually drains your brain.

Over the years, many studies have shown how time spent in natural environments benefit the human body by increasing energy levels and overall health. The outdoors offers rejuvenation and fatigue reduction, increasing energy, alertness and serenity.

According to Chris Kresser, an acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine, “Our relationship with nature is a vital component of our well being, and one often neglected due to the concerns of modern life.”

Liberal arts major Jose Guillen, 21, swings away during a hike at Walnut Creek in San Dimas.

Liberal arts major Jose Guillen, 21, swings away during a hike at Walnut Creek in San Dimas.

This is not only relatable for college students but many other individuals in different walks of life.

So if you feel your lifestyle has deprived you access to the outdoors, take a deep breath and do something about it. Around this page are a few places that aren’t too far, and are easy to fit into any schedule.

If you are in the mood for a walk in beautiful gardens and have some spending cash, the Arboretum in Arcadia is a perfect place to slow down and enjoy your day.

So take charge of your down time and invest in yourself by allowing nature’s natural remedies to ease and revive your life.

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