How Hiking Can Be Your New Favorite Exercise

How Hiking Can Be Your New Favorite Exercise

October 14, 2019 / Franki D'Ambrosio

Hiking is a fun alternative that can get you away from the boring old gym and allows you to enjoy nature. This activity is not only great for the body, but the mind as well. Hiking has many unknown benefits for you. For one, this powerful workout can improve your entire body. Continue reading to find out how hiking can be your new favorite exercise. 

Enjoy Nature

How Hiking Can Be Your New Favorite Exercise

Sometimes the gym can get very tiresome. You want to exercise but you dread going to the gym. You can change up your workout routine and go for a hike. Hiking is a great fall activity that you can enjoy while the weather is nice. It is getting cooler out and you will not have to be stuck in the heat treading along a treacherous trail. You can enjoy the weather while getting exercise, too. Throughout your hike, you will notice different things like wildlife and the environment. If you're looking to get in touch with your inner outdoors self, hiking is for you!  Hiking allows to get away from everyday life and technology, while focusing on the world. Connecting with nature is important every once in a while. Most people don't acknowledge the world's beauty. This can also be a great bonding experience for you and your dog. Dogs love being surrounded by nature, and now you can as well!

Physical Benefits 

How Hiking Can Be Your New Favorite Exercise

Hiking has great benefits for your body. It incorporates your lower body muscles and makes them leaner and stronger. Walking up and down hills is basically like doing different sets of lunges. It is the perfect way to shape your quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Sure, your legs are going to be sore afterwards, but they will look great. You will also tone your core while hiking. Maneuvering on the rough terrain requires your abs to be stronger. If you plan on carrying a backpack, this will allow you to have even more strength. Another reason that hiking should be your new favorite exercise is that it can increase your bone density. As you age, your bones become brittle and weak. Hiking can help with these effects. Since you are usually walking up hill, you are building up your leg muscles, which prevents bone loss in the long run.

Mental Benefits

How Hiking Can Be Your New Favorite Exercise

Hiking has a variety of mental benefits as well. It has been proven to improve your mood and increase happiness. Walking through nature helps decrease stress and anxiety. Surrounding yourself with calm scenery allows you to be more peaceful and clear your mind. It relaxes the body and helps your mind to steer clear of overthinking and negative thoughts. People who go hiking and unplug their technology tend to be more creative with problem solving than those who do not. Hiking also improves our outlook on life and provides us with a different view on life.

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-Franki