My Top 5 Benefits of Hitting the Trails
Hitting the trails is a true love of mine. It’s usually a combination of running and hiking as I hit the lovely dirt trails. It’s therapeutic for me in its way of clearing my mind and connecting me with nature. I love escaping from the city into the peaceful surroundings of nature, exploring somewhere new and being amazed by the beautiful views around each corner. I come back feeling rejuvenated.
With all that being said, trail running and hiking are also a fantastic way to get a workout in. It’s great for building muscle, endurance, balance and increasing your cardiovascular abilities. Take advantage of this great form of movement and get out and hit the trails!
Top 5 Benefits of Hitting the Trails!
Challenges your lower body strength and endurance. Specifically your glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. The steeper the climb the more you are going to work those legs. If you are carrying a pack, you will also work those upper body muscles too.
Boost your bone density. Walking/hiking is a great form of weight-bearing exercise. It’s important to incorporate some kind of weight-bearing exercising throughout your week, this will encourages healthy bone structure and reduces the chances of osteoporosis.
Improve your mood. Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA and we sometimes forget that. Hiking in nature will help you feel closer to nature and it’s natural rhythms which may increase your happiness and help you feel more fulfilled.
Improve your balance. The rugged and varied terrain of most trails forces your body to stabilize itself, in time improving your balance and coordination.
Gain a feeling of achievement. A trail that has a steep hill or peak to climb can make you feel this sense of accomplishing something big. Looking up at a peak from below, then pushing yourself to get to the top is very empowering. You are also usually rewarded with some kind of breathtaking view from above, which is always a bonus.