The benefits of hiking seem endless. For women, hiking can actually help prevent osteoporosis. This is accomplished because while we hike we work against the force of gravity, which in return helps increase our bone density and can actually slow down any calcium loss. Therefore, our bones can become stronger and are then less likely to break. Hiking also can improve our balance.
Our balance is improved through walking the different terrains. You never know when your going to encounter a hill, rocky areas, stream crossings or other different terrains, therefore you will actually begin to develop better balance and coordination.
Hiking can also help prevent heart, lower your cholesterol, and decrease hypertension by dilating your blood vessels. There are so many health benefits to hiking, but scenery is also remarkable and cannot go unnoticed.
There is nothing better then walking in the middle of a forest and having nothing but nature around you. I love hearing the birds sing, the leaves blowing in the wind, the sun rays shining through the trees, and the warmth of the sun. I can easily spend hours and not even notice. It rarely feels like a work out even though I have burned 1000's of calories. Did you know, that a person who weighs 135 lbs carrying their back pack (say containing approx 20lbs) walking at just 3.5mph can burn 1358 calories over the course of 4 hours! 4 hours may seem like a long time to exercise, but when it doesn't feel like exercise...time will just fly on by. Most of my fondest memories are spent hiking with my husband.