A mind is a wonderful thing — and PawPack the Willowed Wonder knows just a little bit of exercise can sharpen your memory and grow your creativity.

Put down the Sudoku. Regular physical exercise boosts memory and the ability to learn new things. In fact, getting sweaty is your first line of defense from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, because working out supports brain chemicals that prevent shrinkage of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.

And while working out is good for the brain by itself, working out outside is even better. A lush, willow-lined lakescape can help restore your focus and improve cognitive function.

So, Smarty Pants, what are you waiting for? Grab a paddle and make a splash an area waterway like Lake Wallenpaupack. Defeat the StressMonster with the most important muscle of all! (Your brain!)



Exercise is great; exercise in nature is even better. Because outdoor physical activity reduces stress beyond that of exercise alone, local parks and trails are great places to fight the StressMonster.

Any amount of exercise is better than none. Just hiking once a week or walking ten minutes a day can reduce stress – especially if you’re starting from zero.

Outdoor physical activity doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. You can find opportunities to fight the StressMonster outside every day by walking across the park, taking the long route, or parking the car farther away.

Sometimes exercise isn’t enough. Know when you should seek help. The StressMonster is a formidable foe, and sometimes we need the extra help of a health professional for our mental health, just like we sometimes the assistance of doctors for our physical health.


Fight the StressMonster!

Fight the StressMonster at Lake Wallenpaupack: