Hiking and your Health

 

Hiking And Your Health

You spend most of your time indoors, so why would you workout inside? Mix it up by going outside and taking a hike! Studies have proven that hiking makes you both healthier and happier. You will feel more accomplished hiking up a mountain rather than running in place on a treadmill. Here are a few health benefits associated with hiking:

Mental Benefits

Hiking has proven mental benefits. Research has shown that spending time outdoors increases attention spans and critical thinking skills by 50%! Researchers believe this is a result of unplugging from technology. Hikers are also more creative! Trees, the sunshine, and fresh air really get the creative juices flowing.

Physical Benefits

In addition to improving your mental health, hiking provides a full body workout. This one may seem obvious, but hiking does more than making your legs look awesome. Hiking gives you a hard cardio workout and can lower your risk of heart disease. It also improves both your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Hiking strengthens your core, tones your midsection, and improves balance. Who doesn’t like a work out with a view?

Getting Started

If you’re new to hiking then fear not – it’s really simple to start. Start by finding a hiking trail near you. Hiking is meant to be an enjoyable activity with no stress attached to it. It’s all about the journey, not the destination. So, feel free to move at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Once you have mastered the flat terrain, try to gradually increase to hills. Depending on what kind of pack you have on, a one-hour hike with gradual hills can burn up to 500 calories! The more hills in a hike the more your heart rate will increase and the more calories you will burn.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a backpack, a friend, and hiking boots and head outdoors! Be sure to pack a first aid kit, snacks, and plenty of water. Happy hiking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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