Hiking is Healthy: 3 Reasons Hit the Trails

By Virginia Laird

Has the recent surge of warm weather had you itching to hit the hiking trail? If so, you are not alone. Millions across the nation set out on hikes, making spring one of the more popular times to hike. With nature in full bloom, its beauty can be breathtaking. Healthcare professionals suggest that taking a hike can have positive effects on your overall health and wellness. A few of the benefits hiking can have on your health include:

  • Getting lost in nature can help get rid of stress
  • Hiking is great exercise
  • Time away from electronics can help you reconnect

Getting Lost in Nature Can Help Get Rid of Stress

Whether you decide to sit outside with a good book or set out on a hike, getting lost in nature can prove to reduce stress. The combination of fresh air, exercise, and getting away from work can help you forget your worries. Research suggests that taking the time to get away from the stress of daily life and distractions on a routine basis is a great way to prevent illnesses brought on by stress and improve mental health.

Hiking is Great Exercise

For those looking to add some exercise to their life, hiking can be a great place to get started. There is no need to start on a long hike, any distance can prove to be a step in the right direction when trying to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. Research suggests that hiking not only burns calories, but can build endurance and strengthen the muscles of the body. Make sure to do your research before hitting the trail. Some trails will prove to be more challenging and require the ability to tackle a variety of terrains.

Time Away From Electronics Can Help You Reconnect

Any time you are able to turn off your electronics, you have the opportunity to reconnect with your friends and family. Because it can be difficult to make this commitment while at home, hiking can be a great change of scenery and pace to allow you to commit to leaving behind (or temporarily turning off) your cell phone. Spending time reconnecting with friends and family can strengthen your relationships, which can prove to be beneficial for your mental health.

With all these healthy benefits provided by hiking, it may be time to gather your rowdy crew and plan a trip to your favorite trail soon. Happy hiking!

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