Hiking Health Benefits

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Comic by S.A. Jones

Need a reason to get outside and hike into the wilderness? According to WebMD, hiking provides health benefits to the body and mind. Here is what the article talks about:

Hiking outdoors has plenty of perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It’s good for you, too. Hiking is a powerful cardio workout that can:

  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Boost bone density, since  walking is a weight-bearing exercise
  • Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve balance
  • Help control your weight
  • Boost your mood. “Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety,” says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. “Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.”

The full article can be read here. What are you waiting for? Get outside and start hiking!

Update: 11/7/2018 – Addition info and sources to get outside more for your health, visit Smart Hikr

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