Keep Hiking

Keep Hiking

Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking in natural environments, often in mountainous or other scenic terrain. You know hiking is good for your health. But do you know just how good it is? If you are heading out for a hike this Memorial Day weekend, take note of all the good you are doing for your body.

For adults, regular aerobic exercise such as hiking leads to:

– Improved cardio-respiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels)
– Improved muscular fitness
– Lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
– Lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
– Lower risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides
– Lower risk of colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and –endometrial cancer
– Increased bone density or a slower loss of density
– Reduced depression and better quality sleep
– Lower risk of early death (If you are active for 7 hours a week, your r-risk of dying early is 40% lower than someone active for less than 30 minutes a week.)
– Weight control; hiking burns up 370 calories an hour (154-lb person)

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