Hiking: A Less Painful Way to Workout
“Walking: The Most Ancient Exercise And Still The Best Modern Exercise.” – Carrie Latet
If spending half an hour running on a treadmill feels like an especially horrible type of punishment for you, then I've got the best option for you: hiking.
Hiking is essentially just walking—but on rocks, grass, dirt, and other places where you could get lost and die. Kidding!
The truth is, hiking is easy. It could be hard, depending on where you choose to go, but it’s really just walking on trails that may or may not be even. But it’s fun!
Especially for people who loathe the idea of exercising.
I mean, with hiking, you get to work out without needing to pump hard-hitting iron, bear with the earth-shaking crunches, and perform death-defying leg lifts. Best of all, you won’t have to spend your precious gym time fighting the urge to surreptitiously watch better-shaped gym goers. Ooops!
And unlike other sports like rock climbing and trekking, you don’t need to break the bank to buy gadgets and stuff to hike. Just get some shoes on, a bottle of water, and you’re good to go! Of course, you have to be careful if you're wearing nothing but shoes on as you could get arrested. But that’s a totally different matter.
The point is—hiking is good for your health and it’s the perfect, possibly even painless, alternative to going to the gym!
Let’s count the ways:
- Good for your heart, lungs, and blood vessels
- Excellent way to improve your muscular fitness
- Increases bone density and slows down loss of density
- Reduces depression and promotes better quality sleep
- Burns up around 370 calories per hour and helps manage your weight
- Natural stress reliever
Best of all, it’s free—and it allows you a much-needed opportunity to simply explore and enjoy your surroundings.
But that's not all!
With hiking, you get to do an activity that could also turn out to be an amazing way to bond with friends, family, or loved ones. Oh, the image of you holding hands with your significant other as you go off into the sunset—
“But I live in the city and there’s nothing around me except concrete streets and buildings!”
Well, no problem!
Walk along the streets! Go where your feet take you. You live in a building? Try walking up and down the stairs (no elevators)! What matters is you get out and about, get moving and your heart pumping! The world is filled with wonderful stuff—you just need to make some effort to look!
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Are you ready? Let’s get hiking! - Kendra