Since Michael and I moved to Arizona, hiking has become one of our favorite ways to work out and get outdoors. If you’ve been thinking about getting into hiking, here are 6 reasons why you should!
1. It’s a good workout.
The gym tends to bore me, but hiking, on the other hand, is the perfect way to get a serious workout in while also enjoying nature! Depending on how hard of a hike you do, it really can be a full body workout.
2. There are hikes to suit any skill level.
The nice thing about hiking is that there really are trails to suit any skill or experience level. If you’re looking for hikes in your area, check out AllTrails, which sorts trails by rating and gives you all the info you need to decide if a certain hike is right for you.
3. It’s rewarding.
There’s not much more rewarding than getting to the summit of a challenging hike and taking in some serious views. This is honestly the number 1 reason Michael and I try to make hiking our main workout. See that photo above from the top of Camelback Mountain? You just can’t get these views in the gym!
4. It’s good for your mental health.
In addition to being good for your physical health, studies show that hiking in nature is good for your mental health too! According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, getting out in nature is linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.
5. Hiking makes you more creative.
In addition to being good for your general mental health, hiking also inspires creativity. In fact, research shows that spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50%!
6. No gym membership required.
If I haven’t sold you on hiking yet, the last thing to note is that many trails are free to use. So get out there, and go on a hike today!