Summer Activities: The Stress-Relieving Secrets of Hiking and Swimming

Summer Activities: The Stress-Relieving Secrets of Hiking and Swimming

Discover two physical activities this summer that allow you to immerse yourself in nature, whether alone or with others, to unwind and find yourself. Swimming and hiking are not just forms of exercise; they offer a break from daily life. They provide opportunities to relax, unwind, and challenge yourself. So, are you ready to dive in?



Connecting with Nature

🏞️ Being in the forest or mountains reduces stress by lowering cortisol production. The sensory stimulation of nature—sounds, smells, and sights—has calming effects on the nervous system and helps to disconnect from daily stress.

🏊‍♀️ Enjoy the good weather by swimming in lakes or outdoor pools. This contact with nature helps disconnect from daily stress.

Physical Exercise

🥾Walking or climbing promotes the release of endorphins, which enhance mood, support physical fitness, and boost resilience to stress.

🌊 Water, with its natural resistance, helps strengthen muscles without the impact of gravity, promoting relaxation of body and mind. It is also highly effective in counteracting the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle or prolonged sitting.

Breathing and Relaxation

🌲Fresh air revitalizes the lungs and is refreshing after leaving the city. Deep breaths while walking soothe the mind and body, promoting a beneficial disconnection in nature.

💧Swimming requires regular, controlled breathing that positively influences the nervous system. Floating and moving in the water induce a deep state of relaxation that soothes both the mind and body.


Social Connection

🏕️Group hiking promotes encounters and exchanges, offering emotional support. For those who prefer solitude, it provides precious time for reflection.

🤽‍♀️Group swimming, whether with friends or clubs, offers numerous opportunities to strengthen social bonds and foster a sense of belonging.


Digital Detox

🌳 Being in the forest reduces screen exposure, decreasing eye and mental fatigue.

🩱 No screens in the water provide a true break for the brain, allowing complete focus on physical activity without digital distractions


Sense of Accomplishment

⛰️ Completing a more challenging hike provides a strong sense of achievement and boosts self-esteem.  

💦 Achieving goals in swimming, whether reaching a certain distance or improving technique, enhances self-esteem and fosters a sense of accomplishment. Tracking progress over time, such as increased endurance or speed, is especially rewarding.

Cognitive Stimulation and Mindfulness

🧘Exploring new trails to observe nature stimulates the mind, reduces stress by halting ruminations, and enhances connection to the present moment through the natural benefits of the environment.

🏊‍♂️ Swimming involves coordinating arm and leg movements while focusing on breathing, which stimulates cognitive abilities and fosters mindfulness. This helps to remain present and reduce mental stress.

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Whether it’s for an effective warm-up, choosing the right gear to prevent injuries, or learning how to fully enjoy relaxation after exercise, our physiotherapist Célia Sutter offers her expertise and personalized advice to ensure safe and beneficial sports practice.



Can I See a Therapist Even If I Don’t Have Pain?

Yes, of course! You can always consult for injury prevention, such as developing a muscle strengthening program tailored to your regular physical activities like swimming or hiking. Additionally, you can seek advice to enhance performance, learn suitable warm-up routines, and discover tips for optimal relaxation during cooldowns.

A physiotherapist can teach you relaxation and stress management techniques, especially beneficial for prolonged mountain hikes or intensive swimming sessions.

Osteopathic techniques, such as gentle manipulations and stretches, promote muscle relaxation and alleviate tension accumulated during training or sports activities.

Our dedicated team is committed to your well-being. Schedule an appointment with one of our professionals today!

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