For anyone who goes on regular adventures with their kayak, you are also probably putting some time aside for hiking. Hiking is a great way to spend quality time with the great outdoors, see some gorgeous vistas, and get in a good workout.
Hiking is a great outdoor activity that not only gets you (and your Justin Case Kayak) from point A to point B, hiking also has some really great health perks. For this week’s blog topic, we decided to dive into hiking and tell you exactly what happens to your body when you hike every week for three hours.
First thing is first, hiking is a fantastic aerobic activity. It gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. It helps to keep your heart healthy and strong while also working your lungs, blood vessels, and more. When you hike regularly, you are putting your body through some intense cardio-respiratory work. By keeping your heart rate elevated working your heart and your lungs, you are improving your cardio-respiratory fitness. This increases your endurance and keeps your heart healthy and strong.
All the cardio-respiratory work you put your body through with regularly hiking comes with a host of positive side-effects. When your heart is healthy, your risk of heart disease and stroke, the risk of high blood pressure, and risk of high cholesterol are significantly lowered. Avoiding all of these diseases and health risks can help you stay healthy for longer increasing your quality of life and your life expectancy.
Hiking also builds your muscles and bone density. As you hike, you are working major muscles groups all over the body. From your legs to your core, hiking is a great total body workout. Regular hiking can help your muscles become stronger which makes them less susceptible to injury and increases your overall endurance. This is also true for your bones.
Most people don’t know that hiking can actually improve your bone density. As you hike, you are putting steady pressure and work on your bones. This actually improves your bone density and slows the loss of bone density making your bones stronger and less prone to breakage.
Aside from the obvious physical benefits of hiking, hiking is also great for your mental health. Just three hours of hiking a week can lower depression and anxiety and help you become more in-tune with yourself. Taking time to escape from the hectic pace of your daily life and escape into nature can help you clear your head and leave you with a sense of deep calm and peace.
If you ever doubted the power of being out in nature and exploring, we hope that we have helped convince you of the seemingly endless positive side-effects of hiking and adventuring. Just three hours of hiking can make you healthier, happier, and lead to a better life. So what are you waiting for?! Get out there and hike!