Backpacking and Hiking make your brain bigger

posted Feb 5, 2011, 7:22 AM by Paul Wagner
We loved this story when we heard it on NPR's Science Friday...
 
ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2011) — A systematic review carried out by a team at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has analysed existing studies and concluded that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from taking exercise in the natural environment. Their findings are published in the research journal Environmental Science and Technology on February 4th 2011.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110204130607.htm
 
It turns out that doing mental puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, etc.) help build specific brain functions ( P is addicted to those) but only hiking or other outside exercise builds a better brain all the way around. 
 
But then, as backpackers, we knew that we felt better, and thought better, after we returned from a backpacking trip. 
 
Of course we knew.  We backpack.  Our brains are already bigger!
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