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Go for a hiking trip

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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.

It’s Healthy.

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.

It’s Real.

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.

 

Success stories

Esme Maldonado

Nov 28 at 02:39 am
greatest birthday present from my girlfriends a hungover birthday hike!

Kris Berrie

Aug 03 at 00:38 am
Done

Louisa Leemann

Jul 29 at 02:54 am
It was one of the hartest thing, Ive ever done

Siru Wallin

Mar 24 at 04:31 am
Kinnarodden, Norway

Natalija Mitrovic

Jan 15 at 09:39 am
Many times.

Valene Joshua

Jan 14 at 23:17 pm
love hikes

Sadhbh Sutton

Jan 08 at 15:31 pm
Gaisce

Karen Tarroyo

Jan 08 at 15:22 pm
done once with my cousin and bro.

Chloe P

Jan 08 at 09:45 am
I hiked across the Bracon Beacons in Wales when I was a teenager and I have never been in more pain, I even got sun burnt while I there! I think it was about 15 or 16 miles and it took us about 7 hours in total.

Alina Masotti

Jan 08 at 02:32 am
Beautiful.

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 28 at 00:40 am
Porcupine Mountain