Are you looking to take a break from studying? Here’s an idea: take a walk. With cooler temperatures and dry days, September is the perfect month to get outside and go for a little hike. Central Virginia has lots of places worth visiting and the library has lots of resources to point you down the right path. Here are some staff favorites:
- Hiking waterfalls in Virginia: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes by former Richmond-Times Dispatch outdoor writer Andy Thompson.
- Best Tent Camping, Virginia: Your Car-camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape From Civilization for when you are looking for a longer break from the books.
- 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Richmond: Including Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville for when you want to spend more time on the trail and less time in the car.
If you need incentive to take the first step, researchers at Stanford University may be able to give it. In a study reported in the April 2014 Stanford News college students and other adults who spent time walking—either outdoors or even inside on a treadmill–scored higher on tests of creative thinking than those who spent time sitting.
So step away from the screen and into the sunshine. Your efforts just might inspire you.