Benefits Of Hiking

By Alexandra Lily Swanston June 26, 2022

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The sound of the wind rushing through the trees, the warm sunshine on your face and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots. Not only are these experiences enjoyable to have, but they’re good for you too. Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature. Hiking is a great way to get outside, move your body, and explore new places. It’s also relatively accessible compared to many sports. Hikers of any age or ability level can find a hike that will provide them with an appropriate challenge. In the last two years, many people around the world have taken up hiking for stress relief regarding the instability caused by the global pandemic etc.

What are the physical and mental benefits?

Physical

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Mental

Hiking tips for beginners

If you’ve never hiked before, you might feel intimidated by the idea. Maybe you’re concerned you’re not in shape to hike or worried you’ll get lost. Rest assured- there is a hike out there for everyone. Hiking is not a race to the finish line, but a fun workout with friends (or alone) surrounded by nature. The following are some helpful tips if you want to start hiking:

  1. Check the weather- You may be tempted not to let weather get in the way of your hike, but poor weather conditions can be the cause of accidents while hiking. If you plan to do the hike rain-or-shine, check the weather ahead of time so that you can prepare yourself with proper gear.
  2. Proper amount of food and water- The single most important thing to bring on a hike is water. You need a liter of water for every 2 hours you plan to hike. For day hiking, bring high energy food that doesn’t need refrigeration or heating. For example: trail mix, dried fruit, energy/granola bars.
  3. Bring essentials- For simple day hikes, make sure to keep these in your backpack:
    - Compass
    - Food
    - Map
    - Water
    - First aid kit
    - Fire-starter or matches
    - Army knife or multi-purpose tool
    - Sunscreen and hat
    - Flashlight and batteries
  4. Correct shoes- Blisters will ruin your hike and they’re likely to happen if your shoes aren’t right for you. Visit your local outdoor shop (REI etc.) and be fitted for hiking boots. They should be snug but not tight!
  5. Pack your phone- You should always start your hike with a fully charged phone in case of emergency. There’s no question that hiking’s many benefits make it one of the best workouts for both your mind and your body. Whether you’re a long-time hiker or planning to start your first hike, I hope these benefits and tips have inspired you to head out in nature and hit the trails!

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Resources:
www.hipcamp.com
www.nps.gov
www.wildlandtrekking.com
www.americanhiking.org
www.koa.com

1 Responses to "Benefits Of Hiking"

Brandon says:

June 30, 2022 at 06:24 am

I enjoy hiking a lot. Thanks for the article!

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