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Take a Hike! How Hiking Is Good for Body and Mind

After a stressful day, the best thing to do can be to simply "Take a Hike!" Not only does hiking offer the benefits of wonderful views, fresh air, and the smells of nature, but hiking also provides many health benefits.

Hiking is a powerful cardio workout and can provide the following:

  • Lower your risk of heart disease

  • Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels

  • Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise

  • Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs

  • Strengthen your core

  • Improve balance

  • Help control your weight

  • Boost your mood. "Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."

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