- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Go for a hiking trip
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, reduce stress, or simply clear your head and get out into nature, hiking delivers almost immediate rewards.
It’s also a sport that doesn’t tolerate procrastination or excuses for very long. Assuming you haven’t been leading a totally sedentary life, you can follow a few basic steps and begin hiking right away.
And if you’re looking for some motivation to get off the couch and onto the trail, consider these reasons to start hiking.
Is it ever! While there is a growing amount of hiking-specific research, studies of the benefits of walking are equally applicable to hiking.
According to the American Hiking Society, hiking delivers a remarkable range of health benefits with comparatively few risks. By using hiking as a way to stay physically active, you can potentially lose weight, reduce heart disease, decrease hypertension, and slow the aging process. It also offers mental health benefits by reducing stress and anxiety.
It Boosts Memory
“After just an hour interacting with nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20%,” according to this 2008 University of Michigan study, cited in this Guardian piece.
We all spend too much time on computers and indoors under fluorescent lights. Or texting and watching TV (often texting while watching TV). Hiking encourages you to step away from your desk and step back out into nature.
It’s a chance to experience the world directly and without a filter, and to rediscover the rhythms of the day and the seasons. Hiking is an unscripted experience where spontaneity is the rule. Even a trail hiked many times before will deliver surprises that keep boredom at bay.
It Helps You Think More Creatively
Scientists in 2014 showed that walking rather than sitting was key for new idea generation.
Hiking By The Sea Is Especially Good For You
Scientists are showing that the blue spectrum colours of the sea relax us, and people who live by the sea are healthier than those who don’t according to this 2012 study.