Has anybody ever told you to “go take a hike”? If so, this article is for you!
That phrase actually means “go away”, but for the purposes of this article we are going to flip that meaning into its literal words. So hopefully this post will inspire you to go take a hike!
There is nothing like taking a step onto the landscape. The wind blowing through the land. The leaves bustling in the air. The birds singing and the coyotes howling. And my dogs panting. (because I walked too far again)
I always have a sense of clarity whenever I finish walking on a trail. I feel more at peace with my mind. Studies show that walking in nature can lower stress levels, relieve anxiety, and boost clarity. Hiking also comes with a variety of health benefits. We created a short list to show how hiking can improve our health/wellbeing and why it is a good idea to add a walking routine into our lives!
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Helps control weight
- Boost your mood.
- Lowers anxiety
- Less stress and improved clarity
- Low body fat
- Improved bone density since walking is a weight-bearing exercise
- Strengthens glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and lower leg/hip muscles
- Strengthens your core
- Improves balance
- Combats Osteoporosis and Arthritis
Hiking can be for everyone, even those who have bad knees or lower body issues. Just find a big walking stick or purchase a manufactured one. It acts as a glorified cane that provides support for walking in any terrain. Also, bring a friend with you (human or dog). Hikes are always more enjoyable with company!
Happy Hiking and don’t forget to bring water!
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“Benefits of Hiking.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, http://www.nps.gov/subjects/trails/benefits-of-hiking.htm.
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“Health Benefits of Hiking.” American Hiking Society, 9 Aug. 2018, americanhiking.org/resources/health-benefits-of-hiking/.