Hiking happens to be one of my favorite activities when I need to switch up my exercise routine. When I don’t feel like hitting the gym, getting outdoors in nature is the best escape for me. According to this article from Fit Day, hiking is not only good for your body, but it also helps you get your mind right! I am so fortunate to live in a city where there are numerous hiking spots, breathtaking views and great year-round weather because I definitely can use a mental break every now and then. Let’s not also forget to mention that it’s FREE. With hiking, nature is your gym!
Still need more convincing? GoodHiker.com gives you 10 good reasons why hiking is beneficial, including:
- Improved cardio-respiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels)
- Improved muscular fitness
- Lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Lower risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides
Hiking also engages multiple muscle groups while burning up some serious calories! The muscles most worked are, glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, abs, lower back, obliques, ankle and knee complex and your inner and outer thighs according to Fitness Blender. You may be sore just thinking about it, but the burn and soreness you get from a good hike is one of the best there is, in my opinion.
Hiking can also be a great social activity. So, if you’re looking for some folks to hit some trails with in your neck of the woods, I suggest checking out Meetup.com. I always get notifications for hiking groups in my area and this a good way to find hidden hiking gems you never even knew existed close to your crib!
Finally, this link on the American Trails website that gives you trail information by state. Happy hiking!