Why hiking is good for us…
Regular time spent outdoors has remarkable effects on your soul, mind and body
Numerous studies demonstrate the positive effects of regular hiking in nature – the best evidence is still to experience it on your own!
Studies prove that hiking and exposure to nature significantly help people to reduce depression and anxiety. Hiking in natural surroundings provides a sense of tranquillity and stress relief. It offers an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and practice mindfulness.
Being in nature stimulates all our senses and encourages us to be present in the moment. The sun warms our skin, the wind blows through our hair, and fresh air fills our lungs. Flower scents reach our noses, encounters with animals enchant our hearts, and the sheer beauty of nature brings us back to the current moment. We are fully present, life becomes simple and joyful again, and we feel a greater sense of belonging.
Feelings of loneliness, sadness and pessimism are alleviated or abandoned, at least while we are outdoors. The more time we spend in nature and the more we are aware of its positive effects, the easier it will be to integrate those good feelings into our daily lives.
Hiking in a group of like-minded people promotes social interaction, teamwork, and the development of friendships, which can contribute to improved mental well-being. Hiking allows individuals to connect with the natural world, fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment. It can lead to a greater sense of environmental responsibility and conservation.
If we can’t stop ruminating, worry constantly or try to find a solution to a problem – walking in nature frees our minds. We can let go and open up for new, creative solutions to emerge. Our mind calms down, and new thoughts will start to flow. From the top of a mountain, we truly see our problems from a different angle.
Setting and achieving hiking goals, such as reaching the summit of a challenging trail and overcoming obstacles, can boost self-esteem and confidence. Completing a hike, particularly a challenging one, can give a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. We make the experience that we achieve goals through perseverance.
Last but not least, hiking has positive effects on our bodies. It helps improve cardiovascular fitness, build muscular strength, and enhance overall endurance. Spending time outdoors during a hike exposes the body to sunlight, promoting the synthesis of vitamin D. This essential vitamin is necessary for bone health and immune function. Regular hiking can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. It can also lower the risk of osteoporosis by promoting bone density.
Regular hiking can aid in weight management by burning calories and increasing metabolism. The uneven terrain and varying slopes encountered during hiking help improve balance and coordination, making it especially beneficial for older individuals in preventing falls and maintaining mobility. We can start hiking anytime, regardless of age or fitness level!