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How the great outdoors can benefit our mental health

On today’s This Morning, hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary introduced the first of a returning series called ‘Ladies That Hike’ showing how the great outdoors can hugely benefit mental health.  

Josie Gibson will be joining women hikers up and down the country to learn about the benefits of being outside. On today’s episode, Josie met local hiker Emma in Scotland who helped guide her along one of her favourite hikes to the summit - Ben Arthur (also known as The Cobbler) - that is a whopping 884m high.

During the hike Josie said, “The weather was changing rapidly… but fifteen minutes into our walk the views are incredible. I can feel myself getting more tired as we get higher but my excitement of reaching the top is my overriding feeling… and the views are getting better and better.”

Emma revealed how a change of pace and doing this had helped her. She admitted, “It’s made a huge positive impact on my mental health - I normally work in the bright lights of the big city in London and I came back just as the global pandemic hit, and actually coming out and being at one with nature, doing some meditation and mindfulness to relax, it just revitalises you and sets you up for your week ahead.”

After reaching the top  - and coming back down - Emma and Josie experienced weather from all four seasons during the hike, with Josie admitting, “That was a tough climb!” But experienced hiker Emma was determined to finish their hike with a cold water dip in one of Scotland’s famous Lochs - Loch Lomond.

Despite Josie feeling proud she completed the hike, Josie’s feelings differed on the cold swim, “I’m already wet through from our walk, and I know you Scots are built differently - so you go for it!”

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