It’s no secret that exercise is good for the body. No matter what kind of exercise you’re doing, increasing your heart rate and working out your muscles and joints comes with plenty of good benefits that you should be taking advantage of. However, most of us don’t really get enough exercise and there are a number of reasons why we seem to neglect it.
For starters, many of us live sedentary lifestyles now, especially with the increasing popularity of remote working. We tend to spend a lot of time sitting down at our desks and rarely do we find the time to go outside and start moving our body around. Thankfully, there are plenty of good ways to start introducing a bit more exercise into our daily lifestyle, and many people have started to look towards one of the most basic and laid-back ways of being more active; hiking.
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Why hiking is becoming more popular
There are several reasons why hiking is such a popular activity for exercise. For starters, it’s a light exercise which means anyone can do it, even if you’re recovering from an injury or are extremely unfit and want to get involved with some activity. It’s also an entire body workout since you’re moving almost every muscle and joint in your body. Hiking also comes with some mental health benefits. Walking around can be meditative for some people, allowing them to stay more focused and relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety that they might face from work.
Hiking enthusiasts such as Jonathan Kimpson are a great inspiration for learning more about the hobby too. There are communities built around hiking these days and lots of great resources on hiking routes, gear that you should take with you, and also things to keep new hikers occupied such as audiobooks and music recommendations.
Incorporating hiking into your daily routine
Hiking is essentially just walking but for long periods of time. When people think of hiking, they usually think about the fantastic scenery they get from great vacation locations and they typically think of walking across mountains and sweeping vistas while surrounded by nature. The truth is, hiking doesn’t need to be done in such grand locations. Hiking can be something you do in the city as well as long as you’re enjoying the scenery around you and have something to keep you occupied.
For example, have you ever tried to walk to a location instead of taking public transport? Something like walking to your local supermarket could be a great alternative to going out into a rural area and hiking. You still get to walk for a long period of time, you get a bit of extra weight on your back to weigh you down and give you a challenge, and you can even have different elevations to walk on because of hilly areas.
Whatever works for you, to get you up and moving, is good...and if it's a non-traditional type of hiking, like just walking a lot around your own city, that's perfectly fine too!
My post next week for Thankful Thursday is about diet and exercise. Hiking fits right into that. What a difference it makes to get out and walk/hike.ReplyDelete
Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥
We haven't done any wilderness hiking, but I take a couple walks every day in a very beautiful area.ReplyDelete
Sadly our lockdown means that hiking is limited here too. I do walk, but the time and distance limitations mean that it isn't hiking.ReplyDelete
I totally get your point about committing to getting exercise, even if that means incorporating a walk around a city whenever you get the chance. However I am a huge fan of hiking out in nature and experiencing the fresh air and beauty that surrounds you as you explore new trails. Just such a fabulous experience to stay fit and can be done at your own pace.ReplyDelete
My family loves going for a good hike! We do a lot of it with the cub scouts and will be going on a camping trip this month. It's great to get outdoors and get exercise, too.ReplyDelete
My family loves hiking. The kids get to explore and the scenery is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Totally agreed. I love hiking . Thanks for sharing with us.ReplyDelete
I recently went for a camping trip, and it felt amazing! Hiking is surely a great experience and Ofcourse as you have mentioned it is good for the body.ReplyDelete
Hi Rosey - I can quite see that hiking is a great way to exercise ... and would love to have been able to do it, as too now - but very minor health issues prevailed. I used to play lots of squash and will walk most places ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Hiking is a great way to get away from it all.ReplyDelete
Aaahhhh....this is great to hear about hiking! Taking those long walks uninterrupted clears the mind and opens you up to imagination of what can be, wherever you have taken the walk. Thanks for sharing about it, Rosey!ReplyDelete
Hiking is a great exercise, especially when you're into plants and flowers. I love taking pictures of the wild plants and beautiful flowers that grow in the mountainsReplyDelete
Hiking has been one of my hobbies since High School. I think I will continue doing it and I can understand why it's becoming popular among othersReplyDelete
It's true that people think of hiking as a grand vacation, with all the great sceneries but you can do simple hikes. It's a great walking exerciseReplyDelete
I can see more and more people starting to go hiking. Before, we can count them with one hand haha.ReplyDelete
Hiking is such a great way to get in exercise! I actually just went on one bright and early this morning.ReplyDelete
I like to hike. Sadly, there aren't very many great trails in my area for it :(ReplyDelete
The perfect outdoor activity in which you don’t have to worry about CovidReplyDelete
I love hiking.. It is undeniably exhausting but absolutely rewarding especiallu if you have reached the summit.ReplyDelete
Although I am not a fan of hiking, but an occasional short and moderate hike is tolerable for me. I enjoyed sightseeing and taking pictures which makes our walk even slower, but fun!ReplyDelete
Hello Rosey! My ex often told me to take a hike, so I know a thing or two about hiking (smile). How's that for an opening sentence? But you're right, many of us spend too much time living a chair jockey's life. That includes me, staring at a screen while teaching classes online.ReplyDelete
I hope you're doing fine.
We just invited friends we haven't seen in a long time to go hiking with us. It was pretty fun. I didn't see any eye dropping photos though. Things are starting to look grey and overall brown here.ReplyDelete
I agree. More people must develop a liking to hiking activities. Good for the health and healthy for the mind to be closer to nature once in a while.ReplyDelete