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Warm weather makes way for new activities

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Photo obtained through Creative Commons from the National Parks Service.

Photo obtained through Creative Commons from the National Parks Service.

Photo obtained through Creative Commons from the National Parks Service.

Meredith Prud'homme

The beginning of spring marks the start of warmer weather and more opportunities for outside activity. Hiking and camping are two ways some students may enjoy the sunny weather, but fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger said both activities are also great for student health.

“There are so many health benefits to hiking, both physical and mental. A Stanford-led study found evidence that walking in nature could lower the risk of depression. Add to that the physical side: increased strength, cardio improvements, better sleep, etc,” Clevenger said.

From spring 2015 to spring 2016, the number of people hiking increased from 38 million to 44 million, according to Statista.com. In Monmouth County alone, there are nine parks to hike in, according to the Monmouth County Park System. Whether looking for exercise or a great photo-op, local hikers don’t have to look far for a trail to climb.

Many students experience hiking and camping through Boy or Girl Scouts. Senior Noah Lipton of Ocean is an Eagle Scout and has had many positive camping experiences, specifically his trip to Forestburg, N.Y.

“Forestburg was one of the more memorable camping trips I went on. It is a weeklong camping trip in New York,” Lipton said.

But Lipton said there are some negatives to camping, including weather.

“Winterburg, the Winter version of the usual Summer version of Forestburg, gets very cold.”

Junior Cara Pesciotta of Millstone goes camping with her Girl Scout troop at least once a year.

“Camping is a really great way to take a break from technology and stress… so you can hang out with your friends or even get some time alone,” Pesciotta said. “It’s an interesting way to get exercise, and you can see some really beautiful scenes on the trails.”

Senior Matt Miller of Wall feels hiking and camping are both great stress relievers.

“Hiking is an extension of the camping, I like it because it’s a fun way to see the area and wildlife,” Miller said. “I camp and hike because I like the time for myself, it helps me to relax.”

Miller said it even serves as an opportunity to spend time with his family.

“I’ve always gone with either my whole family or just my sister,” Miller said.

Clevenger said no matter their motivation, hiking and camping are both great ways for students, or anyone, to stay active.

“Getting outside anytime is something more people should do, no matter what age they are.”

 

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