I decided to start the gym last year to get healthier. Now the gym is great but if you are doing reps, trying to get to the end of them feels like eternity! Hill walking or hiking is a different matter though, I really like it as when you are in a scenic area then you don’t notice how far you’ve exercised. I recently completed a 40 km walk challenge and I can honestly say I found it fine until the last 5 km. I don’t think I could say then same if I was to do that in a gym! Here are some of the benefits of hill walking/hiking…
~ It will help you get the tone and definition to your legs as it forces them to do more work
~It will improve the performance of the heart, lungs and circulation helping to lower blood pressure.
~Walking among nature is a powerful de-stresser , it clears the head and improves concentration and creativity.
~It helps you cope with work so if you are having a bad day then even a stroll in a nearby park will help. Studies show it can help fight depression being in nature and walking.
~It lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
~It improves sleep
~It helps control weight, you can burn up to 370 calories per hour hiking!
These are just a few different benefits but there are much more. If you are thinking of taking it up then start slowly and build up your muscle and stamina slowly. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions then as with any exercise, check with your doctor to make sure it is ok to do. This is the best time of the year to start as the days are longer and the weather is better.