Go Take a Hike: Enjoy the Benefits of Hiking

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 12th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3r76sua2/
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Taking a hike can be good for your body, mind and mood. Learn about the physical and mental benefits of hiking.

Health Benefits of Hiking


Hiking can make you feel better in many ways. You get a great workout. Hiking helps you to relax and reduce stress. A good hike leads to a good mood.
Hiking has many physical benefits. Hikers walk. Walking is a low impact form of exercise which is easy on your joints. Most people can hike, including children and senior citizens.
Hiking can lead to lower blood pressure and weight loss, two benefits your heart will thank you for. Walking one mile burns 100 calories. If you pick up the pace to 2.5 miles per hour, you burn 200 to 250 calories per hour, according to the American Hiking Association.
Hiking can also help people who have arthritis or osteoporosis. Taking a hike strengthens bones and increases bone density, according to the American Hiking Association.
Here's some more information on the health benefits of hiking:

Mental Health Benefits of Hiking


Hiking is good for your mind as well as your body. Hiking, like other forms of exercises, releases endorphins - the feel good chemicals in your brain.
Hiking can also help reduce stress and anxiety. Any form of exercise can help reduce stress. However, hiking has an added benefit because you are outdoors and in nature. Just looking at the view from a mountaintop can relax you. You may hear birds singing, water trickling from a nearby waterfall or the wind blowing through the trees. There's something about being in nature which makes us feel peaceful and relaxed.
Hiking can also boost your energy and your mood. You may have felt tired and cranky when you started. As you walk along, you will feel your energy and mood rising.

Mindful Hiking


Hiking is one way to practice mindfulness - being present in the moment. When you are mindful, you focus only on what you are doing right now. When you practice mindful hiking , you focus on the sights, sounds, smells and feelings you experience as you hike.
See the mountains rising in the distance, the sun sparkling on the lake and the eagle soaring overhead. Listen to the crickets chirping, the birds singing, and the squirrels chattering. Feel the sun warming your face, the dry leaves crunching under your feet and the smooth bark of the trees as you reach out and touch them.
Hiking mindfully will help you enjoy every moment of your hike. Practicing mindfulness while hiking will sharpen your focus and concentration. Often, a solution to a problem which kept you up last night will suddenly come to you after you stop thinking about it and focus on enjoying your hike.
Hiking will benefit your body, mind and spirit. The only drawback is you may find it difficult to leave the beautiful places you hike in.

Here is an article I did about how to hike:
Here is one I did about mindfulness:
Here is one I did about canoeing:
Here's one I did about kayaking:
Here is one I did about mountain climbing:
Here is one I did about Acadia National Park:
Here is one I did about Bar Harbor, Maine:

Attribution


The video came from You Tube.
This article used some information about the benefits of hiking from the American Hiking Association
I took the pictures myself while visiting Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. The first picture was taken at Jordan Pond, the second at the Ocean Path, and the third at Eagle Lake.

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Exercise, Exercise Workout, Exercising, Hike, Hiker, Hikers, Hiking

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Sep 2013 (#)

another good one Connie...you are marvellous in your diversity and knowledge...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Sep 2013 (#)

What beautiful views!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. It was a fun one to do.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Phyl. Maine is a gorgeous state.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Hiking is great for the souls and body. Nice way to get all of your stress out, In teh case of Oregon and Washington State you have to watch for Bears and cougars. Still nice tips and interesting piece

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author avatar Retired
13th Sep 2013 (#)

I was just debating whether to get the bus or turn a trip to a party in a village a few miles away into a hike. Unfortunately it is raining, but lately I have been walking more and more and very much enjoying it. Years ago I walked the Pennine Way and the feeling of tired feet in a cool stream is the best.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Sep 2013 (#)

This is a lovely page dear Connie .The information is so interesting and the scenery is gorgeous .
Thank you for sharing with us here .
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Fern. Keep on hiking except be careful of the bears and cougars. Yikes!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Jackalyn Ann, so glad to hear that you're walking more. Keep up the good work. Also, it sounds like you may have a good story about hiking the Pennine Way.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Stella. I hope I am encouraging people to get out and enjoy nature.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
14th Sep 2013 (#)

Good information on the benefits of hiking.

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