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Take a Hike!

By Donna Stark

Have you ever been told to take a hike? If you have, did you take the person up on their suggestion or did you get upset they told you to do that? For some people, being told to take a hike is quite offensive, but for others, it's a sign that the person saying it actually cares about them. And that's because hiking can offer a tremendous number of benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Take a look at just a few you may receive by lacing up your shoes and hitting the trails.

Improved Fitness

In addition to all of those calories you can burn, hiking will also help improve your endurance, strength, and joint function. Of course, the level of fitness you attain will depend greatly on the intensity of your hikes, but even if you choose the milder trails, you will still be able to give yourself an all-over body workout. If you are looking for a more difficult workout, find the trails that incorporate steeper inclines or rocks and boulders to climb.

Reduced Risk of Serious Health Conditions

As with other forms of exercise, hiking can help reduce the risk of serious medical conditions. It can lower sugar and cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure, and reduce stress and anxiety. Hiking can help you maintain a healthy weight or assist in your weight loss journey. But most importantly, it will keep your body moving! Physical activity is vital for the optimal health and wellness of your entire body.

Increased Happiness

Spending time outdoors with Mother Nature as your guide is one of the best ways to reduce stress, regulate moods, and enjoy a sense of well-being. There is no better time to detox from technology and remove yourself from the stress you feel on a daily basis than the time you are on the trails. Exercising outdoors has also been shown to increase creativity, focus, and concentration, so by the time you do head back to reality, your mind will be ready for it!

Increased Connection With Others

Human connection is vitally important for our overall well-being and hiking is a great way to make that happen. Just ask a friend or loved one to join you on the adventure and see for yourself how much your bond is strengthened. But don't stop there! Hiking is also a great way to meet people and make new friends, just search online for a group that meets your needs!

Go Ahead, Take the Hike

Are you ready to hit the trails? Being outdoors in nature will help improve your fitness, overall health, mental state, and connection with others, so grab a friend and get going! You won't regret it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Schaumburg, Ill.

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