Morning and sunny days are ideal for hiking. Not many are fond of it,but it really should be reconsidered.And why? Because hiking brings plenty of benefits for our overall health.You wonder which are they? Well,let’s see.
Categorized as an aerobic exercise, hiking can help improve:
- Cardio-respiratory fitness including heart, lungs and blood vessels
- Muscle strength
- Bone density
- Sleep quality
- Weight control. On average, this type of activity burns up about 250 calories an hour,and people who lose weight through hiking or walking, generally maintain that loss and continue to lose weight,while those who depend on diets. tend to gain weight back.
Wondering through the forest can also prevent:
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Colon, breast, lung and endometrial cancers
- Depression (if so afflicted)
- Early death (Studies have shown that someone who is active for seven hours a week has a 40 percent lower chance of dying early than someone active for less than 30 minutes a week.)
- Negative effects of osteoporosis and arthritis
- Tension and anxiety
- good for kids too(improves their sleeping patterns/more alert in school)
An Approval From A Physician?
Though hiking is one of the lowest impact sports, check with your doctor before you hit the trails, especially if you’re over 35 and have high blood pressure. It is better to be cautious than to cure yourself later.
Hiking isn’t just for weekends in the country.You can do a short 20-minute walk up the hill near your office or home(if you have one near), for several times a week. Experts say that being active for just two and a half hours per week, can gain you much benefit. Even if you participate in other activities like swimming or cycling, it will add up to your target of 150 minutes of exercise per week.
You can keep a simple record of the amount of time you spend hiking and see if you are fulfilling your plan.
Experts recommend to take sufficient water reserves with you while hiking,so you can refill your self in the process. You should drink one-half to one cup of water every half hour, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Upon your return, you should have finished the rest of the water.Since if you don’t, then you will loose all that water by sweating and you might get dehydrated. Stay hydrated all the time.
Other things to bring include:
- A comfortable pair of walking or hiking shoes
- Moisture-absorbing socks
- Appropriate clothes
- A compass
- A hat or visor
- Sun block
- A snack
- Cell phone or GPS
While getting in love with nature and loosing some unwanted pounds,hiking is also great for overall body toning. Constant movement in your shoulders, arms,hips, butt, legs, knees and ankles help contribute to tighter muscles.
Plus, hiking is great for “clearing the head.” Researchers have shown that short-term memory works better when walking than standing still. Learning and reasoning also improve, as do emotional moods.
Still no decision yet?