Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, the benefits extend from head to toe. But doing the same kind of exercise day in and day out can take a toll on your exercise enthusiasm.
With summer here and holidays just around the corner, it’s a good time to try out a different kind of workout – one that includes views, friends and family. Yes, we’re talking about hiking in the great outdoors.
I’m a beginner – what kind of trail should I choose?
Hiking isn’t always a walk in the park, but the good news is you can make it as easy or as hard as you like. One of the things that is going to make the experience all that much better is having a sturdy pair of hiking boots that fit you properly.
Worried about your fitness levels? Don’t! If you can climb a few flights of stairs without getting too out of breath, you’re ready to hit the trails. You can burn over 500 calories per hour while hiking – which makes it a really effective workout with the added benefit of spending time outdoors in the fresh air. When you hike, you use almost every one of your muscles – so you might feel a bit stiff the first few times you go hiking but your body will thank you for it.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, oh and relax and enjoy yourself!
Whether you’re hiking in direct sunlight or in a forest, the risk of sunburn is high, so make sure you apply sunscreen before you head out and reapply throughout the day. Also remember to take ample water – you’ll need at least a couple of litres per person if you’re planning on being out for most of the day.
Remember, any kind of exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins, which are associated with relaxation and wellbeing. Being in nature, and with friends, kicks these benefits up a notch.
Staying active is one the most important lifestyle changes you can make to improve your own health and the health of your family. Hiking provides a fun way to do just that, as well as a great opportunity to explore our beautiful surroundings.
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