Wearing your hiking gear and hitting the hiking trail every weekend, once a month, or on holidays isn’t just adventurers. And while many of us do this for the fun part, there is more to hiking than just getting away from a daily routine. From connecting you with friends and families to impacting your health positively, you have all the reasons in the world to never miss a hike if you have a chance.
“That’s what I like about hiking. It’s unplugging yourself and being in nature. It’s a good way to clear your mind,” Rybakova said.
Nature can be a place for people to go and distance themselves from the sometimes overwhelming standards that society forces upon individuals, according to Rybakova.
“For people with or without mental health issues, we struggle. But when we’re out in nature, we don’t have to live up to others expectations,” she said.
By clearing your mind and staying far away from everything for just a little while, your brain can function properly and you won’t have to strain to get things done.
According to Andrew from Hello Trail, hiking is also a good exercise because it has emotional benefits attached to it.
Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to be good for the heart, both physiologically and figuratively. Not only can hitting the trail decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels — thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes — but it can also improve your mood and general outlook on life.
Of course, if an activity can improve your overall health, then it is worth spending your time and investing some money into it.
According to a study by Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer, creative problem solving can be improved by disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. In this study, participants hiked while backpacking in nature for approximately four days and they were prohibited from using technology. They were asked to perform tasks requiring creativity and complex problem solving. They found that those immersed in the hiking excursions had increased performance on problem-solving tasks by 50 percent.
When you are away from everything you’ve known almost all your life, including the demanding technology and urban lifestyle, you get the space to think and refresh, then come back strong.
Now that you know about these benefits, it is about time you decide to go out as often as you get the chance.