13 Reasons Why Hiking Is Good For You
So, the snow is melting and the outdoor lifestyle is calling. It’s sad, the ski season is over and before we sit in a darkened room and sob, we have to get out in the sunshine and get fit for next season. So we thought we would take the time to discover 14 reasons why hiking is good for you. Together we can make it through until the snow arrives again!
Aside from sticking to a healthy and nutritious diet, another great way to maintain your health and keep that banging body is to exercise. Hiking is one of the best ways to do this. The great thing about it is that it’s economical and has numerous health benefits. Thats why we thought we would put together 13 reasons why hiking is good for you, sharing the knowledge and helping you get out there this Spring/Summer.
Before you leave your house and head out to the trails, you should consult your doctor, especially if you have health problems such as diabetes and heart-related issues or if you are pregnant.
Now, in this piece, we shall go through some of the health benefits that you stand to gain when you make hiking part of your routine. But first, we need to know a few things. So trap yourself in folk, get ready to be learned but like in an easy to absorb relateable way!
The difference between walking and hiking
Hiking and walking are quite similar but have a definite difference. You see, with walking, you are merely putting one foot in front of the other and covering some distance. You could be walking from your couch to the fridge or from the office to your house. Experts have proven that walking has considerable health benefits, including boosting your self-esteem, decreasing depression tendencies and helping to fight off sicknesses. It’s important to note that walking takes place mostly on flat and plain grounds with minimal obstacles.
Hiking, on the other hand, is merely walking but on more mountainous terrains. It involves walking from low altitudes to high altitudes. Usually, it means more energy than walking depending on the terrain you choose. Hiking will get your heart beating faster than walking. Also, when hiking, you’ll need to invest in some special equipment to keep you comfortable throughout the journey. Lets get stuck in!
13 ways hiking is good for your body and mind
4 Quick Tips for Beginner Hikers
While hiking is a fun, low impact outdoor activity, it often comes with several unpredictable variables. To enjoy it to the fullest, you need to be prepared for anything that might happen. As a beginner, here are some tips that will help you prepare for your hiking sessions:
Pick a hiking trail that has a shorter distance than what you’d typically walk on flat ground. Remember, hiking requires more energy than walking. So start small. To estimate the time it’d take you to complete a trail, go with a pace of about 2 miles an hour. With every elevation gain (1000 feet), add an extra hour to the estimated time. Once you’ve completed the trail a couple of times, you’ll have a rough idea of how long it’ll take you to complete.
Pack the essentials. Luckily, modern hiking essentials have evolved from a list of items to a list of systems. So it’s easy to pack light. The systems you pack should keep you safe even when you find yourself stuck on the trail at night. Your trail shall determine what items and systems you pack for the hike. But generally, here is what you will mostly need;
Navigation (compass and map)
First aid supplies
The list may look long, but once you niche it down to your trail, it won’t look so long.
Tell someone where you are going
It is essential that someone who’s not on the hike knows where you’ll be. They should know every detail about the hike, including the trail you’ll be on, the timings and when they should be worried. When providing this information, give yourself some cushioning to enjoy the view, to hike slowly or deal with a sore ankle.
Say hello to your fellow hiker
It’s common courtesy to greet fellow hikers. There are high chances that you’ll often be meeting on the trail. So you better forge a friendship earlier sooner than later as it helps to make hiking fun and something to look forward to.
Hiking can be a daunting exercise, but if done right, it is fun, engaging and rewarding. Look for ways to make it enjoyable. If you can, have a friend to hike with and try out new trails with whenever possible. When you make it part of your exercising regimen, you’ll find that the benefits mentioned above will be a bonus to the fun you have.
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