Hiking for Health

Want to improve your health AND have fun? Take a hike!

Hiking has significant health benefits. Here are just 5:

  1. Hiking on rugged trail surfaces is a natural way to engage your core muscles,
  2. Burn calories — Hiking on uneven terrain increases the amount of energy used by your body by 28 percent compared to walking on flat ground,
  3. Get strong — Hiking helps to strengthen often neglected muscles in your hips, knees, ankles, and feet to improve balance and stability,
  4. Hiking is good for your brain: research shows that time spent in natural environments engages all five senses and calms brain activity,
  5. Instant meditation — just being out in mother nature reduces your mind’s tendency to get stuck on negative, self-focused thought patterns – resulting in a happier, healthier you!

So, go on a hike! Your body and mind will thank you.

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