If you’re the kind of person that either doesn’t like to workout or doesn’t know where to begin, then a walk or a hike through nature is the way to get started.
Watch this Facebook live video taken at Runyon Canyon in LA or read on below. The signal was weak and I was cut off just before the most important part! So the second video at the bottom of the post is what I shot after I was cut off.
Why Hiking is Good for You
For starters, the aerobic activity helps your body burn fat and lose weight. It also fuels extra oxygen to your muscles and through your body, which increases your energy. The more frequently you do it, the more lasting energy you’ll have.
Hiking helps you sleep better and lowers your risk for many chronic diseases as well as depression. It’s also proven to increase your attention span and creative problem-solving skills.
And that’s only the beginning.
Why I Do it
I love any kind of movement that’s fun. As long as I enjoy it, the more likely I’m to make a habit of it.
Exercise isn’t something I’ve always enjoyed. In fact, there was a time I used to dread any form of working out. I started with long walks in the park and then added in regular hikes whenever possible. The more I did it, the more I liked it.
Hiking is a pleasant way to build up your endurance. When you endurance is higher, the less work exercise feels like. So once your endurance increases, you can start to enjoy other forms of exercise more.
Looking back, I never thought I’d actually enjoy going to the gym… but I do! And I dare say I even look forward to it now.
Another reason why I love hiking as a form of exercise is because it’s something I can do with a friend or alone to clear my head (assuming it’s a safe hike to do by myself). Surrounding myself with positive people who support me in making healthy choices – especially in a natural environment – allows for brainstorming and creative ideas to start to budding and growing.
Although hiking is scientifically proven to lift your spirits, I don’t need science to tell me that it works. Simply put, I love hiking because it makes me feel good. Anything I can do that gives me a dose of vitamin D and involves nature, puts a smile on my face. And when I’m smiling, I’m not thinking about whatever stressful situation has me wound up at home.
Why I Really Love it
But more than anything, I love it because when I’m standing on top of a mountain with an unquestionably beautiful view, I feel powerful; I feel like I’m on top of the world and that I’m unstoppable. I know without a doubt that I’m capable and that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. And that’s a really amazing feeling.
What do you like to do for exercise? What makes you feel on top of the world?