Hike Your Way to Fitness!
Hiking is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the beauty of our Mother Earth. Most of the time, we enjoy the outdoor activity with our families or some of our closest friends. Aside from the emotional and social bonding, we can benefit from hiking, you'll be surprised that when you hike, you can actually have a good workout to stay fit and healthy.
In hiking, the legs are not just the only part of the body that is moving but every muscle group in the body. Thus, a good cardiovascular support and good lung capacity should be considered before starting the trail. Since everything in the body is working out while enjoying this outdoor activity, hiking offers a lot of good effects in our body.
Hiking is perceived to have a beneficial impact mainly on our cardiovascular system because it prevents various illnesses such as heart diseases, decreases hypertension, decreases the bad cholesterol (LDL) while increases the good cholesterol (HDL) and slows the ageing process down. It can also prevent osteoporosis by improving bone density in your body.
And the most exciting part in hiking? It will surely decrease your weight since you burn a lot of calories.
There are few things that you need to consider when hiking. This will ensure that you enjoy the activity and its benefits.
Condition yourself before hiking. A good cardiovascular system support and a better lung capacity should be maintained thus several basic exercises can be executed such as stretching, doing some lifts, squatting and jogging.
Select the location of your trail. Assess your capacity for this activity by choosing a place that you can tolerate to hike. A clean and appealing surroundings can be an excellent place for hiking.
Learn the rules of hiking. This is a must, especially for neophyte hikers. Learn about the trail markers, hiking etiquettes and so on.
As for the gears to bring and use, consider wearing any pair of previously worn, comfortable, sturdy shoes except for sneakers for short hikes since it does not provide ankle support or traction. For longer hikes, hiking boots would be appropriate.
Always dress defensively and take along with you your sweaters and poncho to protect you from weather changes. Also, be sure to take food and water. Hiking can dehydrate you quickly as you burn lots of calories on your way.
First Aid kit should be placed inside your knapsack.
And one important thing we should always remember: respect the environment. Don't litter, walk on plants or disturb animals.
These are the things you need to know about hiking. Soon after you start to hike and realize the benefits of hiking, you'll surely enjoy and plan another difficult and more rewarding walks into the great outdoors. It is a great enjoyable way staying fit and healthy.