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Here's Why You Should Hike

By Virginia Laird

Of all the outdoor activities to choose from, hiking is a great one. Most of the time, when the path is not too steep, people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a hike through the endless beauty of nature. Health and wellness experts admit that hiking offers a wide array of health benefits. A few reasons you need to consider making a hike part of your extracurricular excitement include:

  • Hiking is great exercise
  • Hiking can help manage stress
  • Fresh air can boost the immune system

Hiking is Great Exercise

For those in search of exercise that is low stress, a hike may be the answer you need. Research has long suggested that walking is one of the best workouts for the body. This remains true today. Experts say that those who walk at least two miles each day can be in great shape. Taking your walks to the hiking trail can add a slight element of difficulty and raw beauty that nature tends to provide. With fall in the air, there is no better weather for hiking. Start taking advantage of this weather as you work out. 

Hiking Can Help Manage Stress

Experts say that those who spend time in nature may experience reduced stress levels. Research indicates that time away from devices and other distractions can help the mind to free itself from clutter. Healthcare experts say that managing your stress is helpful when trying to maintain healthy blood pressure and a healthy heart. Consider planning a hike at your favorite hiking trail soon to help get your mind off of work and begin getting rid of some of your stress.  

Fresh Air Can Boost the Immune System

There is something special about spending time on a hiking trail. Away from pollution you have the ability to enjoy a more pure, fresh air. Experts say that time spent taking in such air can boost the immune system. This is important as you strive to stay well. With flu season creeping in on your family, it is vital that you begin doing all you can to help improve the health of everyone in your home. Start taking advantage of this all-natural immunity boost today by planning a hike in one of your favorites spots.

Start planning your family's next outdoor adventure now!

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

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