11 Reasons Why You Should Go Hiking In Nature This Weekend
Going on a hike is of course fun but it’s also awesome for your health. Here’s some science to prove it
Hiking is fun and is a great travel experience, but walking is also an awesome way to immerse yourself in nature for a day; and a super easy microadventure that you can have on the weekend, to escape the grind and refresh the hell out of yourself for Monday morning.
1. Hiking makes you happy
2. Hiking can ward off depression
3. Hiking makes you less stressed
This 2014 study, quoted in Outside, also found that going for a long walk combatted depression, while also helping people “mitigate the negative effects of stressful life events and perceived stress."
4. It helps you solve problems
5. It boosts memory
“After just an hour interacting with nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20%," according to this 2008 University of Michigan study, cited in this Guardian piece.
6. It helps you think more creatively
Scientists in 2014 showed that walking rather than sitting was key for new idea generation.
7. Hiking gets you fit
Especially if you hike briskly, making it a great low impact cardio activity. For those that care about calories, hiking will help you burn around 500 calories an hour.
8. It is good for heart health
It will lower your blood pressure, and reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, according to the American Hiking Society.
9. Hiking at altitude is especially good for your heart
So say the researchers involved in this University of Athens study.
10. Hiking by the sea is especially good for you
Scientists are showing that the blue spectrum colours of the sea relax us, and people who live by the sea are healthier than those who don't according to this 2012 study.
11. Walking with friends and family is the best thing of all
As having strong social networks and hobbies you do with friends and family will help you live longer, as the research in this Time piece shows.