If you’ve been feeling a bit on the lazy side, wanting to get up off that sofa and do something with your life, hiking in the countryside might be your new best friend!
Although hiking (or nature) may not have been your first thought when it comes to boosting your wellbeing or finding a new source of inspiration, we dare to suggest it might even change your perspective about life matters, for the better.
So go ahead, start searching for the best hiking trails near you!
What is Hiking?
Ok, so the first question that might come to mind is, what is hiking exactly? It’s basically just walking a long distance, and you can do it cross country, or up mountains, for example. You decide.
Don’t let the word “hiking” scare you off, just because it sounds like it will be a marathon. No, you take your time, and enjoy each moment!
There are many benefits to hiking, but here are two inspiring ones, that will get you moving for sure.
1. Mood Booster
Hiking has been shown to affect your mood positively. Human beings were created to be a part of nature, so when you take this lovely long walk in the countryside, your mind will thank you.
Consider doing it once a week for stress management purposes, as hiking has also been shown to reduce anxiety levels.
Taking in those scenic views of the countryside can be therapeutic and healing.
We know, sounds funny. But hiking once a week will improve your physical health as well, and if your goal has been to lose weight, hiking could be the way to go!
At the very least, it will help you control your weight, and strengthen your core muscles. As a bonus, hiking improves your blood pressure!
Now, it’s time for you to take a hike, and come up with your own list of personal benefits. Ready, set, go!