One benefit of hitting the trails through the woods is the beautiful views, but hiking is also good for your body and mind!
Hiking in nature is so important for our health and overall well-being that some doctors prescribe it alongside other treatments. Here are the benefits of hiking.
Hiking lowers stress levels and enhances mental well-being.
Exercising, in general, can be an excellent stress-buster. But what sets hiking apart from other forms of exercise is that hiking is done outdoors in a natural setting.
Being out in nature is calming, too, and some studies have found that people who spend time in nature are less anxious and suffer less from thinking about the same worries and/or regrets over and over again, which should help protect against depression.
Hiking helps your relationships.
This is because many of us hike with other people, and exercising together can produce unique feelings of closeness and a sense of safety.
It can increase your creativity.
Studies found connections between creative thinking and nature experiences, too, although they weren’t specifically focused on hiking.
As you can see, hiking has many health benefits; grab a water bottle and a friend if you want and head out on the trail. I promise you, you won’t be sorry you did.
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