Why not get the first day of the year started off right and go hiking?
Hiking allows you to get in a workout and also spend time outdoors, which increases your happiness levels. So many people spend New Years Eve as the big party, that most people don’t treat themselves on New Years Day! This is the day that sets the tone for the rest of the year!
Hiking is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health. In Phoenix, the earlier you reach the trails on the first day of January, the less crowded they will be. Also, the earlier you go you will be able to find a spot and watch the sun come up on the first day of the year. It’s an amazing feeling to see and feel the sunrise of the first day of the year and experience it in nature with the saguaros. It feels like this intimate moment of greeting the New Year and welcoming it into your life.
In Phoenix, we’re surrounded by hiking trails! I always choose a trail on South Mountain, since that’s the closest mountain to me. And even though it may be cold and dark when you get up in the morning, you will not regret the choice to hike on your New Year’s Day.
So, instead of partying it up the night before and waking up feeling like crap…. decide to go hiking instead and feel good about the New Year!