A brand new year has arrived, and everyone is busy making their resolutions. This is a great time to take a good, hard look at ourselves. Is the person looking back at us the True Representation of the fittest, healthiest, and happiest person that we all deserve to be? Going for a daily hike of at least one mile will transform your body inside and out into that much fitter, happier, healthier person! Let’s take a look at how your body will thank you with ALL the benefits you will reap as you take those first steps on the hiking trails of becoming a Brand New You!
A daily one-mile hike will increase your feeling of self-worth, knowing that you are taking major steps in how your body looks, feels, and functions in your daily life. Hiking will also improve your overall strength, balance, and endurance levels.
Hiking a mile or more each day will do wonders for improving your body image. Stop focusing so much on how you perceive your body to look, and instead, realize just what your body is capable of performing. Remember, we are our own biggest critics. Once we decide that we WILL be making a positive change in ourselves, we then need to ease up on any negative feelings directed towards ourselves, and work out those pent-up feelings and frustrations as we hike! Keep up with your progress as your body starts conquering goals in the form of each and every milestone you reach, from the smallest to the largest bits of progress on the trail, and begins to reveal the happier, healthier, and fitter you just lying in wait!
Hiking is an activity that most able-bodied people are able to participate in with no trouble, and very little equipment is needed to get started. I would highly recommend a good pair of hiking boots or shoes, a day pack, and trekking poles.
To find out more on choosing these items, you can take a look at these articles on my website by clicking on the attached links:
“What To Look For In A Pair Of Cold Weather Hiking Boots” – https://lets-take-a-hike.com/what-to-look-for…her-hiking-boots/
“Review – Cascade Mountain Trekking Poles” –
“Choosing The Perfect Hiking Backpack To Fit Your Needs” – https://lets-take-a-hike.com/choosing-the-per…o-fit-your-needs/
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Just remember to start off slow, then gradually increase your speed and distance only when and if you are comfortably ready to do so! As long as we are up and moving, walking or hiking, we are doing something that our bodies will thank us for. It is also a great way to get in the 150 minutes of exercise per week recommended by the American Heart Association.
Just in case you are wondering what the difference in walking and hiking really is, here is an explanation: walking is usually moving on a smooth or fine track without obstacles. Hiking requires a little more effort because you usually move from a lower to a higher point in elevation. Walking is usually considered a leisure, casual activity done in urban environments or on sidewalks or roads. Hiking, on the other hand, is usually performed on trails while surrounding yourself in nature. I will cover this subject in greater depth in a future article. Now, let’s get back to the benefits of a healthier, happier, fitter YOU in 2022!
Just being outside, exposing our bodies to lots of Vitamin D from the sun, is a great benefit in itself. Also, the more Vitamin D we soak up, the more resistant we will be to various types of heart disease and strokes.
Hiking is one of the very best cardio exercises we can take part in. It boosts your heart and lung health tremendously by increasing their abilities to pump blood and nutrients to the rest of your body.
People who tend to lead a sedentary life along with a poor diet are setting themselves up for multiple health issues and diseases, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Hiking a mile a day will greatly decrease your risk of developing these diseases.
There has been a recent medical study done between hiking and the body’s natural ability to resist developing cancer that was performed by the Macmillon Cancer Support, based in the UK. This study has determined that hiking a mile a day can drastically reduce the chance of developing cancer by as much as 40%. The results of this study alone has me ready and willing to take on those hiking trails!
Most hikes will eventually have us climbing up big hills or mountains, then of course, we will have to come down. This combination workout is one of the greatest benefits of hiking. As we conquer those uphill trails, we will begin to strengthen and build up the muscles in our cores, gluts, quads, hamstrings, and calves. On the downhill trek, we may not be breathing and sweating quite as hard, but we are working our bodies just as strenuously. The downhill journey involves lots of controlled, slow steps to stabilize those hips and knees and will really give us strong, muscular gluts and quads. We will be seeing and feeling the results of a fitter and healthier body in no time!
This now brings us to our “happier” body. As we are motivating ourselves to make changes from our sedentary lifestyles to getting out in nature and hitting the hiking trails, we realize all the diseases we are taking charge over, and preventing them from claiming our bodies. This is a major accomplishment and one that should give us a huge feeling of self-worth!
When we hike in nature, we will feel much less stress, anxiety and worry, and much more happiness and self-esteem. There is something about hiking in nature that releases endorphins, which is known as the “happiness hormone”.
With ALL the amazing benefits that hiking a mile a day can do for us, how can we possibly deprive our bodies of such a simple fix that can deter so many health problems and diseases, and at the same time, give our bodies, minds, and souls a total boost of happiness? Let’s get up, get out, hike that mile a day in nature, and make this year the very best year EVER in transforming ourselves into the fittest, happiest, healthiest person that we all deserve to be!