One of the things we like the most about the experience we offer our guests here at TreeRunner at Oakland University is the host of little-known mental health benefits that often come along with being physically active at our aerial adventure park.

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Physical Exercise, The Great Outdoors, Mental Health, & You

While no two people will have the exact same experience, we’d like to take the opportunity in today’s blog to highlight a few simple ways in which physical exercise in nature can impact mental health in ways our readers might not be familiar with. If you’d like to learn more about how TreeRunner can help reduce stress, ward off against depression and anxiety, and even contribute to the prevention of cognitive decline, read on! This one is for you.

Reduce Stress

Whether you’ve had a rough day at work, have some personal issues going on, or it is generally a stressful season in your life, being physically active has been shown to relieve stress in many cases. Getting a workout in, whether it’s at our treetop adventure park or at your local gym, can also increase concentration levels of norepinephrine — a neurochemical useful in regulating our stress levels and how we respond to them.

Release Happy Brain Chemicals

It is commonplace for doctors to recommend exercise as an antidote to fighting off depression and anxiety. Why? Physical exertion releases endorphins, a feeling typically associated with the “runner’s high.” But even if you aren’t clinically depressed or anxious per se, many of us have experienced the happy, satisfied feeling after we finish a tough workout.

To bring it back to our own backyard at TreeRunner, we have five unique courses with three different difficulty levels, which means you are in control of how intense of a workout you get. Our advice is to start slow and build from there!

Fight Anxiety And Depression

We briefly mentioned anxiety and depression above, but let’s dive a bit deeper into the subject. The Mayo Clinic offers up a few ways in which exercise can help depression and anxiety, among which are:

  • Taking your mind off your worries
  • A healthy way to cope with your struggles
  • More social interaction at the gym (or our aerial adventure park in Rochester)
  • Develop confidence and self-esteem
  • Release those feel-good endorphins we mentioned

Improved Self-Esteem

Here’s one of the most well-known benefits of working out in general; feeling better about ourselves goes hand-in-hand with looking better when we get in shape. Naturally, this improves self-esteem and confidence. Whatever weight, gender, or age you are, we encourage you to discover the feel-good benefits of knowing you look great because you’ve put the effort in to accomplish your fitness goals! There’s a deep satisfaction there that’s worth exploring.

Prevent Cognitive Decline

We’ve heard that you have to eat well and play crossword puzzles to keep your mind sharp as you age, but have you ever associated physical exercise with cognitive ability? Working out has been found to often boost neurochemicals that work to limit degeneration of the hippocampus. In turn, this maintains cognitive faculties associated with memory and learning. In fact, exercise has been shown to trump brain games in keeping our minds a well-oiled machine.

There’s Something For Everyone At TreeRunner!

While you can receive some (if not all) of these mental health benefits from working out on your own or at your local gym, there’s something special about exercising while you are up in the trees at our aerial adventure park in North Detroit. We’ve got over 60 exciting obstacles and zip lines, three difficulty levels, and five courses. Most physical ability levels are welcome; you are in control of how much you want to challenge yourself!

Soar among the trees with exhilarating obstacles and ropes courses. Book your outdoor adventure in Rochester at your convenience! We’d love to see you!