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3 Reasons Hiking is Healthy

By Virginia  Laird

Hiking is a healthy activity for everyone. With a wide variety of trails to choose from, you are sure to find one for even the slowest moving members of your group, making it a healthy activity for all involved. Health and wellness experts suggest that walking happens to be one of the best workouts for the body, as it offers little stress and strain to the body. A few healthy reasons you should consider making hiking part of your family fall activities include:

  • Fresh air is good for the immune system
  • Hiking offers a great workout
  • Spending time outdoors can reduce stress

Fresh Air is Good for the Immune System

There are a plethora of vitamins on the market which suggest they offer an immunity boost. However, pills aren't for everyone. There are other ways to gain this benefit. If you are looking for an all-natural boost to your immune system, spending time in the fresh air is a great one. Even better is time spent on hiking trails away from the pollution of the city. Locate your nearest hiking trail and plan a trip for your entire family and consider it a wellness visit. 

Hiking Offers a Great Workout

Contrary to what many believe, hiking (even on simple trails) can provide a great workout. Whether you are on a trail that offers a true challenge or on one that simply allows you to get in a brisk walk, both help burn calories and challenge the body. Many families turn to hiking as a source of exercise for everyone. With the weather finally getting nice, it is time to be taking advantage of your local hiking trails. 

Spending Time Outdoors Can Reduce Stress

Health and wellness experts say that time spent outside can be helpful when trying to reduce your stress levels. This can be in part due to the fact that outside is also time away from television and other electronics that can be a distraction. Still, there is research to suggest that spending time in the great outdoors can be calming. Connecting with nature is a great way to clear the mind of troubles. If you are one who struggles to rid your life of stress, start planning a hike on a weekly basis to help manage your stress and begin enjoying all the beauty and peace that nature has to offer. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Happy Valley, Ore.

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