Those Hills And A Little Weight Can Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

When looking for something to do to improve health, there are plenty of ways to exercise.  There are lots of high profile programs that can deliver some big results.  Also available are all kinds of workout facilities, some open 24 hours per day.  Everyone is well aware of the results that running can bring.  If someone is looking for slow steady results from a moderate way of obtaining them, adding just a little weight and hitting those Austin area hills can bring enjoyment while improving health in more ways than one.

Strengthen The Heart

As people are more educated in today’s world, they increasingly have basic health concerns such as a healthy heart.  Carrying a backpack with even a small amount of weight can provide just enough exercise to increase the heart rate and provide better blood flow.  This is a key to strengthening the heart muscle as well as moving more blood to all areas throughout the body.  Backpacking a little on a regular basis can help to make great progress in the health of the heart and circulatory system.

Strengthen Muscles And Bones

Carrying a backpack while hiking up and down varying elevations can provide a pretty substantial workout.  This will work the arms, legs, and back as well as general core muscles since there is considerable climbing and descending involved.  This impact activity and considerable amount of stretching also tends to help increase bone density.  Whether someone is young or quite advanced in age, bone density is a concern for many because there are so many things that tend to decrease it.  

Weight Loss Could Be An Unplanned Result

While general strength and endurance are great, backpacking can also do a few other things to add quality to life.  Being in the outdoors seems to have some kind of stress relieving effect on people.  It gets inside their heads and clears it and provides a feeling of connection with nature.  It is actually pretty easy to get caught up in the enjoyment of the activity and burn quite a few calories.  This is a great way to lose weight if someone is already following a healthy diet.  When you take all these things into consideration, you realize you are in the right place at the right time.  Austin is surrounded by all kinds of hills, trails, parks, and everything else needed to make a good backpacking experience fresh each time you go out.  You can improve your health without even realizing it.

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


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