The warm sunshine on your face, the sound of the wind rustling through the trees overhead, and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots. Not only are these experiences enjoyable, but they’re good for you, too.
Hiking is really one of the best ways to get exercise. Whether you find yourself scrambling up a steep incline or walking on a winding dirt path, hiking is a great whole-body workout—from head to toe and everything in between.
Here are some of the physical benefits of hiking:
- * Building stronger muscles and bone
- * Enhancing your sense of balance
- * Improving your heart health
- * Improving your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- * Decreasing the risk of certain respiratory problems
- * Strengthening your core
- * Helping control your weight
Being in nature not only boosts your mood, it can improve your mental health too. Spending quality time in the great outdoors reduces stress, calms anxiety, and, according to a study by Stanford University, (*https://news.stanford.edu/2015/06/30/hiking-mental-health-063015/) it can also lead to a lower risk of depression. Being outdoors opens up your senses to your surroundings and helps improve your sensory perception. Taking in the sights, smells, and feelings of nature has such a myriad of health benefits it now merits a new name. Rewilding.
Hiking with a partner, or even in a group, can improve the strength and health of your relationships. It’s a great way to strengthen the friendships or bonds you have with your companions. Whether it’s with your significant other, a friend, or even a new friend-to-be, hiking a trail together can bring you closer and help build healthy relationships.
Take a Hike
No matter who you are or where you come from, Cabin Falls Ecolodge offers you the perfect opportunity to explore and experience nature. So, don’t be afraid to lace up those hiking boots and get out there. The opportunities and benefits of hiking are just outside, waiting for you.
“Of all the paths you take in life,
make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir