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  • Writer's pictureTracey Sinibaldi

Hiking: A Workout for Your Physical and Mental

Want to know the great thing about hiking? You don't need a six-pack and biceps of steel to get it done. Aside from getting some movement built into the day, hiking actually has many proven mental and social health benefits. But why don't we just talk about them all?

Hiking Benefits 101

Physical Health: regardless of the type of trial you choose, you will have the same outcome.

  • Stronger muscles and bones

  • Improved balance

  • Improved heart health

  • Improved core strength

  • Decreased risk of certain respiratory diseases

Mental Health: don't get me wrong -- hiking is not a "cure-all", but it's a good place to start. Some doctors even prescribe spending time in nature because the mental health benefits have been proven through scientific studies.

  • Mood booster!

  • Reduction in stress

  • Decreased anxiety

  • Elevates a depressive state

Social Health: bring your sibling, parent, grandparent, friend, coworker -- does not matter who! Hiking with someone can strengthen any relationship. You have lots of time to talk and help each other out along the way.

  • Social support

  • Bonding

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