Hiking is great for physical health. It also improves mental health! It can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. According to a Stanford study, walking for 90 minutes in nature, instead of an urban setting, decreases activity in the brain linked to depression.
Looking for an Iowa hiking destination?
Grab your hiking books and enjoy being active on Iowa’s trails.
Source: Stanford News, (news.stanford.edu/2015/06/30/hiking-mental-health-063015/)
What are the Iowa Games? The Iowa Games offer statewide competition in some 50 sports. The Iowa Games provide Iowans with recreational opportunities through Olympic-style events.
Who can compete? All Iowans! There are events for athletes of all ages and abilities! Athletes in all competitive events vie for Iowa Games gold, silver, and bronze medals with neck ribbons.
When and where are the Games? The Summer Games are scheduled the last three weekends in July. Events take place in central Iowa with most events in Ames.
How do I register? Go to: www.iowagames.org/Register.aspx
Which sports are included? Whether you compete in golf, handball, fishing, Zumba, or any of the more than 50 events, you’ll find them described at: www.iowagames.org/Sports/SummerGames.aspx