HIKING: BLAST AWAY POUNDS AND RENEW YOUR MIND AND BODY
You have struggle all your life carrying around those extra unwanted pounds and nothing that you have tried seems to work. Well, here’s some good news for you in one word, “hiking.” You may ask, “what’s so special about hiking?” Hiking affects your entire being. In addition to experiencing the beauty of nature, breathing in
clean, fresh, air, and observing birds and other creatures that you may have never seen before, hiking is a full-body workout. Truth be told, there are few exercise programs that can rival the weight-loss benefits of hiking.
Hiking is different from working out in the gym in that it exposes you to the wonders of the great outdoors, while a workout in the gym is closed in, with lots of people, and no scenery. Hiking is different from walking in that it takes you through various
terrains, hills, valleys, mountains, and sometimes even through streams, depending on the hiking trail you choose. Furthermore, hiking can be relatively inexpensive. There are no dues to pay and your major expense is probably a great pair of hiking boots. So, here are some more benefits to hiking:
First of all, hiking burns much more calories than a walking, and if you previously stuck to walks around the neighborhood for exercise, you are likely to see a pronounced increase in weight loss. A 175-pound person who hikes for two hours can burn 1,100 calories, provided the terrain is hilly. If the same person spends two
hours walking on flat terrain, he/she will burn approximately 500 calories. Over the course of a week, if you hike for a total of six hours, you will lose 1/2 pound more than the walker.
A 175-pound person who hikes three times a week for two hours each outing is likely to lose approximately 1 pound per week if the calories consumed are the number required to maintain weight. Keep in mind that you may lose less if you weigh less or more if your weight is higher. To increase weight loss, do a couple of
long hikes every month. Consider backpacking, which burns even more calories due to the extra weight you are carrying. You can have a lot of fun hiking to a remote camping spot and hiking out the next day — burning plenty of calories the entire time. One thing is certain, if you eat the appropriate number of calories for your height, age and gender while hiking on a regular basis, you’ll start to see your extra pounds disappear.
Hiking (and any type of exercise) releases the adrenaline built up in your body from a stressful work week, reducing stress and anxiety. Consider the following statistics on stress:
Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.