Here’s Why You Should Start Hiking

Fitness  |  April 06, 2017
  • 1. Effectively burns calories
    1 / 5 1. Effectively burns calories

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    You don’t just work your leg muscles when hiking. With the uneven terrain and the occasional slopes, your abs, obliques, and lower back muscles will need to work to keep you stable. It’ll definitely improve your balancing skills too. You’ll burn over 400 calories per hour depending on the trail, level of intensity and the weight you’re carrying.

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  • 2. Strengthens your muscles
    2 / 5 2. Strengthens your muscles

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    Hikes can improve your fitness level especially if you cycle or run often. If you’re a cyclist, hiking can help to strengthen your hamstrings. And if you’re a runner, hiking helps to train up your hamstrings and glutes. Basically, hiking helps strengthen the muscles you hardly train to eliminate imbalances. At the same time, it definitely helps improve your stamina too.

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  • 3. Lifts your mood
    3 / 5 3. Lifts your mood

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    According to research published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, those who spend 50 minutes walking through nature reported less anxiety and more happiness than people who walked near traffic. Even enjoying nature’s view can help to reduce stress. Take a break from urbanisation and venture out to relax and renew in mother nature.

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  • 4. Improves your stability
    4 / 5 4. Improves your stability

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    Most generic exercises like running, lunging and squatting always move you in the similar directions. Hiking forces you to move in every way, as you climb over huge roots and twigs, or sidestep slippery rocks. As a result, you’ll strengthen the stabilising muscles that help prevent common injuries.

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  • 5. Lowers your risk of heart disease
    5 / 5 5. Lowers your risk of heart disease

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    As an intensive cardio exercise, hiking is a great workout to reduce your risk of heart disease. One of the factors that lead to a heart disease is the lack of exercise. Hiking is an enjoyable yet effective way to get your heart pumping.

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