Urban Exploration

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Urban exploration is a walking, bicycling, and active form of engaging with the local community. It offers numerous phycial and mental health benefits. For example, a typical urban adventure . . .

  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle
  • Reduces physical inactivity which is linked to chronic health conditions
  • Has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduces social and physical isolation which is associated with the occurrence of depressive symptoms.
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins which increase the body's threshold for pain and affects mood
  • Assists in the prevention of osteoporosis due to its weight bearing activity
  • Fosters better cardiovascular health
  • Increases awareness of the local environment and stimulates connection
  • Improves team building skills and fosters therapeutic alliance
  • Allows for an emotional cleansing from the artificiality of the world
  • Offers opportunities to connect socially with others