Health Benefits of Hiking
It’s great to get outside and get away from all the city hustle. It’s one of the main reasons people love the cabin lifestyle—the chance to be out in nature. You probably have your favorite outdoor activities, some of which might involve a fair amount of equipment and know-how. But as it turns out, a simple hike is not only a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but also a great way to reap some really important health benefits.
According to this article by the American Hiking Society, hiking offers very direct benefits for your physical fitness:
- It contributes greatly to lowering body weight.
- It’s good for your heart; regular 30- to 60-minute walks can help boost your good cholesterol levels and decrease hypertension.
- A daily walk has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety.
- It contributes to the prevention of osteoporosis by helping your bones pull in calcium.
Keep in mind that, although a lot of the health benefits of hiking come from getting any moderate exercise, some benefits are specific to hiking and getting outside. Outdoor activities are uniquely connected to elevated self-esteem and reduced stress and depression.
So while you’re at the cabin, why not take a hike? It’s a pretty simple activity, but it’s good to keep a few safety factors in mind as you’re getting started. Here’s a quick fact sheet to help you get on your way.
What are your favorite activities to do at the cabin? Are you a regular exerciser?