What do some of our favorite outdoor activities have in common? Activities such as hiking, biking, running, fishing, and gardening?
They’re all made possible through the soil.
Soils set the foundation for our hiking trails, our national parks, our gardens, and all the outdoor areas we enjoy. Not only does proper management of recreational areas help mitigate the negative impacts of erosion but spending time outdoors is linked to positive effects on physical health.
Studies have shown that ‘feel-good feeling’ you get after being outdoors, may be caused by a strain of bacterium in the soil. Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety.
What’s your favorite summer outdoor activity?
Join us this month as we discuss soil and recreation as part of the International Year of Soils!