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Exercise & Fitness
Ready, set, hike!
Hiking in nature moves your body and refreshes your mind.
In 2020, when everyone was stuck in COVID lockdown, hiking enjoyed a popularity boom. A report found that the number of hikes logged in 2020 was up 171% compared with 2019. The number of individual hikers rose 135%.
"This makes sense, since hiking continues to be one of the safest activities during COVID, because it is done outside and away from confined group settings," says Dr. Edward Phillips, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. "Plus, what’s a better antidote for being cooped up than getting outside for some therapeutic time with nature?"
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