Strap on those comfy hiking boots, take a deep breath of fresh air, and begin your journey into the woods! Not only will you get a great physical workout, but you’ll also experience the pure beauty of mother nature as well as all the other mental health benefits associated with being active outdoors.
Hiking, just like any other physical activity, can help increase your overall fitness levels such as cardio, muscle strength, and weight control. You’ll gain strength in muscles that help to increase your balance, stability, and agility. Just make sure to ease into the longer more challenging hikes as you’ll be more prone to injury as a newbie hiker. Along with becoming physically fit, your mental fitness and awareness increase as well. You’ll enjoy benefits of increasing your sleep quality and relieving tension and anxiety. Studies have shown that experiences in nature help to increase positives moods and decrease negative moods. Disconnecting from the technology that consumes our daily lives and beginning to connect with nature can provide individuals with a sense of inner peace and general well-being.
Hiking is also a great social activity. Planning regular hiking meetups or long-distance treks is a great way to bond with old friends and new friends alike. Once you’ve reached the end of the trail or the peak of your hike, it’s always nice to sit down and relax for a bit, rehydrate, and eat a healthy snack.
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