Why hiking is good for you

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Many people from different walks of life enjoy hiking. Everyone has their own reasons for starting, but if you’re not sure it’s for you, here are some good reasons to give it a go.

Physical Benefits
It’s well known that physical exercise contributes to your overall health. Hiking specifically can be good for many reasons. You can vary the level of activity, for example by choosing an easier trail or setting a faster or slower pace. As hiking is so customisable and varied, you can increase the level of the activity as you get fitter. Being outside with different scenery can keep your motivation up versus being inside with the same four walls to look at each time you exercise.

Mental Benefits
Taking time out and getting away from the distractions of home and work can give you a chance to clear your mind and get a different perspective on things. Truly getting away from things and out into the countryside can give you a genuine break from the stresses of modern life. Many people also feel happier if given the chance to enjoy outdoor, green spaces.

Social Benefits
Conquering a goal together and sharing an experience can help to strengthen or create a bond. You may notice different aspects of your friends’ personalities on show when taken out of their routine and given the chance to try something or go somewhere a bit different. If you don’t have any friends who are interested in hiking, there are also hiking clubs that you can join if you’d like to meet new people who share an interest with you.

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