Hello again everyone this is Doc Andrew Hunter coming at you from the great white north of Canada. Being a guy who was born and raised around the great outdoors in the rural areas of the country, I have countless hours of hiking experience and as a result I couldn’t help but fall in love with Mother Nature as a boy.
As time passes and technology gets further advanced, it seems that people around the planet are sitting around more and exercising less. The thought of working out or exercising brings a feeling of exhaustion from hard work before you’ve even attempted it. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad as you think and hiking can actually keep you very fit. Please let me explain to you how.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you need exercise and one of the best ways to stay fit is eating right, following a diet with nutritional supplements, and by forming a regular hiking habit. If you develop one then I’m here to tell you that right away you will be enhancing your cardio-respiratory fitness which of course will target your blood vessels, lungs and most importantly perhaps, your heart. This will get the blood flowing through your body much better and in turn lowers the risks of strokes, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. Your muscles will begin to get a spectacular toning as well – especially in the thighs and calf muscles.
Regular hiking can also improve the quality of your sleep and lower any feelings of depression you may have. Let’s not forget all of those calories you get to burn off as well. So many of us are packing on too many pounds all too easily these days which especially comes from the levels of unhealthy food that are elevating all the time. If you’re concerned about cancer risks, hiking can decrease your chances of breast, lung and endometrial cancer as well. Even children can benefit wonderfully from hiking, too.
Is hiking sounding any better to you yet? For many who live in the city, you may have to travel for an hour or two just to get out into nature to do some hiking where the air is much better. But I can promise you it will be worth it if you give it all an honest effort. For fantastic results from hiking, you may seriously consider putting in 2.5 to 3 hours per week. Almost every part of your body will be affected by it in some way. Also, keep in mind, the more beautiful and adventurous the locations you choose to hike in, the more exciting and less like work the exercise will seem and become. Getting a good exercise routine in place has shown to have several medical benefits including increased metabolism, and increased hormone production like testosterone.
As for safety while hiking, if you do some research before you go out onto some trails, be sure you don’t choose one that is beyond your capabilities. Bring sufficient water or food if necessary, check the weather reports before you head out, and try to bring someone along in case you run into some trouble. Also, be sure that you dress accordingly and bring any important items or equipment such as a backpack, bug repellent or a hiking pole. I like the motto, “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”