Hiking Helps

This week’s blog was written by Jocelyn G., a Drummers alumni. She explains the benefits that hiking can have on your health.

Do you like going on hikes? If you do that’s really great because it turns out hiking is good for your health in lots of ways. It is not only good for your physical health but it is good for your mental health as well.

No matter what kind of hike you go on you can be sure that you will benefit from it. Hiking is a full body workout, it helps to build all of your muscles and bones stronger. One of the muscles hiking helps strengthen the most is your heart. Hiking improves your heart health and decreases the chance for respiratory diseases. But not only does it help to make you stronger but it also helps you develop better balance for all of those bumps and steps in the hiking trail.

Here is a picture of one of the hiking trails I was on the other day.

Hiking is also good for your mental health, I find hiking to be a great stress reliever and a time to relax. Being out in nature helps boost your mood if you are in a bad mood. But it has been discovered in a study by Stanford University that hiking can actually help reduce stress and calm anxiety.

Hiking helps develop your senses as well, by being in nature it help heighten your senses like sight and smell. It helps you connect with nature and see the importance of the environment. It is important to connect with nature and enjoy it. So next time you’re bored or trying to think of something to do, grab a friend, and try going on a hike!

The photo used in this blog belongs to the author.