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The essential oils and phytoncides naturally released by trees and plants in the forest act on our stress by lowering our cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
Our anti-stress activity: Yoga
The creation of red blood cells and the work of our cardiovascular system linked to altitude and the reduction of oxygen in the air, thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases (arterial hypertension, myocardial infarction, heart failure…). For athletes, this production of red blood cells is also an interesting factor in improving performance.
Our activity to improve cardiovascular function: Nordic walking
The natural environment, the altitude and the cold in which we evolve in the mountains, allow us to regulate our appetite thanks to the increase in the satiety hormone (Lepine) and the decrease in the hunger hormone (Ghrelin). These two factors, combined with regular physical activity, are effective in the fight against obesity.
Our activity to fight obesity: The Afghan walk
Mountain organisms release micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc., which we absorb during our stay. This absorption is beneficial for our immune system as it improves it. In turn, the negative ions released by the mountain cascades increase the activity of proteins that eliminate undesirable cells such as cancer cells.
Our activity to strengthen the immune system: Yoga hiking
The naturally negative ionised air mentioned above and the presence of natural light from which we absorb the blue part of the light spectrum in charge of synchronising our biological clock, allow us to regulate our mood, to make us more cheerful, happy and relaxed.
Our activity for sleep quality: Reflexology
As you will have understood, all these positive factors of the mountains and their environment on our health ensure a longer life and a better quality of life for everyone. So, would you like to go to the mountains?
Source : “Etude Agence SPRIM et Dr Frédéric SALDMANN, 2019”