What are the benefits of hiking?

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dswain001 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your doctor will tell you that any sort of physical activity that increases your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat is beneficial to your health. More specifically,  hiking can help you to control  your weight and blood pressure. Researchers have found that hiking uphill and downhill reduces triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. While hiking is great exercise for anyone, it has been found to be more beneficial to certain people. For example, diabetics. Hiking has been found to lower glucose levels. Which is perfect for people who suffer from diabetes. Hiking is also good exercise for people who cannot participate in more strenuous exercise like the elderly or those with heart conditions.

Similarly, hiking can be good for your mental and spiritual health as well as you body. It gives you an opportunity to leave the gym and enjoy the great outdoors.  Some people may enjoy the peacefulness and solitude that a hike on a park trail can offer.

mapriem eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hiking is a leisure activity that many people engage in for a variety of reasons.  Benefits may include, cardiovascular exercise, meditation, enjoying the beauty of the scenery, camaraderie, more economical than driving, as well as better for the environment than other modes of transportation. Physical fitness is probably an immediate benefit as the heart rate increases and a good thirty minute hike can meet the daily guidelines set forth by health professionals. If there is an incline, additional muscle groups are experiencing a good workout also especially in the leg region including the hamstrings and quads.  Many people enjoy being out in nature and hiking provides a perfect venue to experience parks and beauty in nature. There are numerous hilking trails everywhere that can be found in virtually all localities.

sid-sarfraz | Student

Hiking is really good for health. It has a lot of benefits. Its also good for brain and it keeps active. 

Some of the benefits are listed below:-

  1. Keeping weight under control and also helps  losing weight
  2. Lowers the risk of cancer
  3. Keeps your mind healthy and happy.
  4. Slows aging process
  5. Keeps you active
  6. Provides a healthy lifestyle
  7. Prevents Osteoporosis
  8. Improves heart health
  9. Lowers hypertension
  10. Relieves back pain
  11. Absorption of vitamin D
  12. Prevents and controls a lot of diseases that are related to weight gain such as diabetes, blood pressure, stroke etc
  13. Levels cholesterol
  14. Decreases depression
  15. Intake of fresh air which is necessary for healthy lungs
  16. Hormones optimization

Hiking can be beneficial to ones health mentally and physicaly. I personally think that hiking gives you a lot of fresh air and works you out a bit but the one thing i love about hiking is being in tune with nature, and the sounds and sights that i see. 

zumba96 | Student

Not only can hiking increase your strength but it can also help you become more active an fit. If someone hikes, they get exercise just by walking and walking 30 minutes outdoors is much more beneficial than walking 30 minutes indoors. Not only can you see amazing wildlife, but you can work up a good sweat in no time

loraaa | Student

There are many benefits of hiking. The most common benefits are:

  • Weight loss.
  • Decrease in blood pressure.
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis by improving bone density.
  • Relieves back pain.
  • It doesn't cost much.