The reason H.R.C. spends so much time in the woods near her Chappaqua, N.Y. home.
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Following her presidential-election defeat, Hillary Clinton has been spotted hiking near her Chappaqua, N.Y., home. Photographs were snapped and shared, social media went bonkers, and some people are now hiking in the area for the sole purpose of snapping a selfie with H.R.C.
Hillary Clinton hiking after her election defeat near her Chappaqua N.Y. home. (Margot Gerster / Facebook screenshot)
For Clinton, stomping around in the woods may be more than just a way to get some exercise (and her photo taken), as its benefits go beyond just the calorie burn you get from a jog on the treadmill.
She’s getting out her anxiety and anger
A hike in the woods may be just what Clinton needs to boost her mood after her election upset: A June 2015 study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning found that people who took a 50-minute walk in nature had decreased levels of anxiety and higher levels of happiness than those who took a walk through an urban area for 50 minutes. What’s more, exposure to nature “reduces mental fatigue and the feelings of irritability that come with it,” according to a study published in Environment & Behavior, a journal that examines relationships between people’s behavior and their environments.
She’s boosting her creative and problem-solving skills
From how much to be involved in the recount process to figuring out what to do next, Clinton has many issues in her life that need resolving. Hiking can help: It increases performance on creative tasks and problem-solving tasks by 50%, according to a study published in the Public Library of Science in 2012. Part of the reason is that “higher-order cognitive skills improve with sustained exposure to a natural environment,” the researchers write.
She’s improving her mental health
Clinton has likely played the events of her campaign over and over in her mind, searching for where it went awry. Hiking may help her stop that process: A study published in July 2015, which compared the mental health of those who walked for 90 minutes in nature vs. those who walked for the same amount of time near a road, found that people who hiked in nature had lower levels of rumination, in which you engage in repetitive thoughts focused on negative things. The nature hikers also “showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to risk for mental illness,” according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
She’s sharpening her memory
The study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning found that nature walkers increased their ability to remember things. Specifically, it showed that people who walk in nature have better working memory — which helps you remember things while you’re in the middle of doing something.
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