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Take A Hike For Your Health

By Tom Herrin

People with busy schedules tend to try to cram a lot of things into that schedule.  It becomes pretty difficult to fit everything into it, so what usually gets left off?  More than likely, they fail to allow enough time for improving health.  After physical health, many people tend to forget time for mental and emotional health.  It can work better when they can combine all those things into one activity.  A good activity that provides exercise as well as things to free the mind is hiking.  It requires only a little bit of time commitment in order to reap benefits and costs practically nothing at all.

A Great Way To Get Fit

Most places have an abundance of trails designed for hiking.  Texas has hiking trails in every one of the more than 100 state parks, with several of those in the Texas Hill Country.  Add to that all the local trails in the towns and cities, and a person doesn’t have to travel very far to enjoy all different kinds of trails.  Hiking on dirt trails can be easier on the feet and legs, allowing a person to do more without placing excess stress on the body.  With varying kinds of terrain, a good level of fitness can be obtained by hiking up and down the hills.  When people can go at their own pace, they can adjust according to what they can do.  Doing more can be attained by accepting a personal challenge.

It Can Be Good For Controlling Diabetes

An American epidemic today is adult onset diabetes.  Studies have shown that a few minutes of walking after meals can help to lower blood sugar.  People who hike can achieve that same thing with regular hikes.  Lowering blood sugar can protect the organs as well as the heart and circulatory system because this tends to be related to cholesterol levels.  Lower blood pressure is known to be a result of any kind of walking.

Hiking Can Provide A Feeling Of Control

Anytime people become involved in an activity in which they can make decisions and have mobility, they have control.  When people feel they have control, they are happier with themselves and others.  The feel of the natural setting and open air can provide a sense of connection as well as control.  It is easier to avoid depression when this happens.  When people are less depressed, they will have better interaction with others so that socializing is easier.  If you are looking for something that can get more done for your time, take a hike.

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

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