11th January 2019
If hiking has you thinking of middle-aged couples, walking sticks and some sensible brown walking shoes then make 2019 the year you see the fun side of hikes.
Not only can it break up the monotony of weekly gym sessions by getting you outside and surrounded by nature at the weekends, hiking, like running, is a weight-bearing exercise which can help prevent osteoporosis, not to mention can build up fitness that is transferrable to most athletic pursuits. Walking on uneven surfaces disrupts this rhythm and supposedly increases the amount of energy used by up to 28%.
Hiking is also a proven meditative activity—the repetitive stepping motion has a calming effect, decreases stress, and lowers cortisol levels in the body.
It’s a great way to catch up with mates by giving you a dedicated slot of pure chatting time. And these months when the bank balance is looking pretty grim, hiking is a cheap weekend activity.
It can also be a great way to meet new people, and discover new parts of the country, with loads of groups that meet up regularly to take on hikes.
With the lungs full of fresh air and your FitBit rocketing past those 10,000 steps, you’ll sleep like a baby!