We all know hiking is good for us. It is a workout after all, but it gets us out into nature and fresh air and usually provides us with beautiful views. If you are not a hiker and are afraid it may be too difficult for you, you can start out with short hikes on flat trails. You can start by walking on the flat trails and breathing in the air. Do as much (or as little) as you can. With consistency, your body gets stronger.
Here are some specific benefits to hiking to get you started:
- Good for Heart Health
Hiking gets your heart rate up, which will help with your endurance. Over time, hiking can improve your blood pressure, lowering your risk of heart disease. As mentioned, if you stay consistent in your hiking, it will get easier, and you will reach a point where you will not be so out of breath. You will feel your body build stamina and become stronger.
- Builds Muscle
Hiking uphill can be a strenuous but rewarding workout. It works out the major muscles in your body such as the quads, glutes, and hamstrings while engaging your core. Need we say more?
- Improves Your Mood
It’s no mystery that exercise releases endorphins. Therefore, it’s no surprise that hiking improves your mood and helps you feel calmer. If you are a beginner, you can start out in a park or anywhere you feel comfortable. Spending time out in nature while getting an engaging and strong workout is the perfect combination for a positive mindset. Hiking can be referred to as the natural stress-reliever.
- Builds Strong Bones
Hiking can slow age-related decline of bone density. Exercises such as hiking can keep your bones strong and can possibly slow the progress of osteoporosis. As a bonus, hiking improves your flexible, therefore preventing falls.
- Strengthens Bonds
Why not share in those benefits with family or friends and bond over the beautiful scenery? It is especially a good idea to hike with others when hiking more difficult trails. Hiking with others enables you to spend quality time and forms a stronger bond, all while getting a great workout.
Who can argue with these awesome benefits? Don’t be intimidated and start slow if needed. Leave your worries at the door and head to your favorite hiking trail. Call up a friend or family member and start reaping the many benefits of hiking!