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"Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."
Have you ever gone on a hike before? If not, don’t count yourself out as someone that is not a “hiking person”. You might very well be surprised how much you enjoy it, and how much your health will benefit from it.
As a nation, we tend to spend a lot more time indoors than we realize. This can become problematic for our circadian rhythms, affecting our overall health and wellness.
"Exposure to the sun is essential as it can help with the regulation of one's circadian clock, it enables the body to synthesize vitamin D, and additionally helps to improve one's mood. There is so much to be gained from receiving appropriate amounts of sunlight, therefore staying indoors chronically isn't ever a good idea." - Source: Bustle, 2018
Going on a hike benefits your health by exposing you to fresh air and sunshine! Plus it gets you moving over unpredictable terrain. Whether it’s a mountain trek or a hilly trail/park-- your feet and legs will experience different altitudes and different angles on the terrain. This is good. Plus your mind is focused and alert-- that’s a good thing for your mental health.
If you are new to hiking, a couple tips to getting started:
-Don’t go alone. Find a friend to take with you. Safety first.
-Wear sunscreen, sunglasses.
-Wearing a fitness tracker watch can be very helpful to see how far you’ve gone and when you want to circle back.
-If you live in a hot climate, go hiking earlier in the day.
-Take your phone with you!! You’ll want to take photos but you also want to be safe in case of any challenges.
-Read the signs posted on trails and don’t go off course!
Have you been hiking before? Tell us in the comments below where your favorite hikes/trails are in your town!
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