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Take a Hike: 4 Reasons It is Healthy

By Virginia Laird

Spring is a beautiful time of year no matter, especially in the mountains of Utah. Not only is nature beginning to bloom, but the weather is the best for spending time outdoors. Many begin planning weeks ahead of spring’s arrival as to how to take full advantage of the outdoors with friends and family. While some may choose to bike or camp, others will plan to hike while taking in the breathtaking views of nature. Health and wellness experts suggest that hiking is healthy. There are many benefits to hitting the trail, including:

  • Hiking can provide Vitamin D
  • Fresh air boosts the immune system
  • Hiking is a good cardio
  • Spending time outdoors can decrease stress levels

Hiking Can Provide Vitamin D

Research has long suggested that spending time in the sun can provide a natural boost of Vitamin D. This is essential for the body to maintain good overall health and wellness. While time in the outdoors has its merit, it is always wise to remember your sunscreen to prevent burning.

Fresh Air Boosts the Immune System

There is something wonderful about spending time inhaling the pure, unpolluted air of the hiking trail. Not only is it invigorating, it also can provide a boost to the immune system. Research provides enough information to believe that the air is truly cleaner while spending time away from the pollution of the city, allowing the lungs to take in more pure oxygen. Health and wellness experts suggest this is one tip that may be worth putting to the test.

Hiking is a Good Cardio

For those who do not love exercise that's confined to the gym, it may be a good idea to consider planning a hike. Health and wellness experts suggest that hiking is a great cardio activity. Depending on the trail you choose, the challenge which lies ahead can prove to not only strengthen cardio endurance but also muscular endurance.

Spending Time Outdoors Can Decrease Stress Levels

If you struggle with stress for which you cannot find relief, spending time outside can help. Research suggests that being outdoors surrounded by the peace which nature can provide can help reduce stress. This can prove to be beneficial for the overall mental health of those who choose to embrace time spent outdoors. Hiking is a great way to begin embracing outdoor life.

Now is the time to begin gathering your hiking buddies and set out on your hiking adventure. Happy hiking!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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