What are your big goals? For many, getting fit and eliminating bad habits takes priority. Others vow to spend more time with their families or out exploring. Luckily for those of us in Lewis County, we can accomplish all these things at the same time. Venturing into the great outdoors is the perfect way to get active, spend more time with friends and loved ones, and get healthier and happier. To help you get started, here are seven reasons to get outside this year.

  1. Get to Know Your Backyard

There is no better way to forge a lifelong connection to the region than by exploring it every month of the year. From the mountains to the forests and the waterfalls, going outside helps make this place home. It also gives you a profound respect for the majesty of nature.

  1. See and Share

Exploring Mount Rainier gets you into pure wilderness along 260 miles of trails. Photo courtesy: The Outdoor Society.

Lewis County is one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest, with each season more stunning than the last. Thanks to Instagram and other social media tools, we can now share the beauty of each season with everyone. Fall, winter, summer or spring, explore them all and enjoy the region we call home.

  1. Improve Thinking and Creativity

A study has shown that people immersed in nature for a set period of time boosted their performance on a creative problem-solving test by 50 percent. With numerous city, county, state and national parks around, there are plenty of inspiring landscapes to reset your mind.

  1. Get Stress Relief

Try this suspension bridge at Mount Rainier by heading up the Westside Road. Photo courtesy: The Outdoor Society.

The world can be a stressful place and, for many of us, 2018 was rough. Make 2019 better by being proactive about stress management. Time in nature has been proven to help reduce stress and increase happiness, which is easy to believe when you explore Lewis County.

  1. You’ll Get Fit

Lewis County has thousands of miles of hiking trails, giving you a lifetime of adventures in our backyard. And the best part is they’ll help you get into shape without forking over the cash for a gym membership!

  1. Boost Your Immune System

Not for the faint of heart, the views from High Rock Lookout are simply stunning. Photo courtesy: The Outdoor Society.

A study in 2010 concluded that “…forest environments have beneficial effects on human immune function.” Going outside does amazing things to your body, and the impact is just now being discovered. Time spent in the wilderness makes you feel better!

  1. Get More Sleep

Studies have shown that going outdoors not only makes you healthier, but it also helps you sleep. Spend some time outside every day and watch your sleep cycle improve, thanks to nature’s relaxing qualities and resulting mental boost.

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