Hiking is one of the most rewarding adventures we’ve ever experienced.
No matter how tough or easy the trail is, there are always all kinds of joys we find ourselves in each time.
If you still haven’t tried hiking, then allow these scientific findings to give you that major boost to finally put on those shoes and hike that trail.
- It decreases the risk of depression
A 2014 study in Michigan found that hiking is a powerful anti-depressant. “Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster. Our findings suggest that something as simple as joining an outdoor walking group may not only improve someone’s daily positive emotions but may also contribute a non-pharmacological approach to serious conditions like depression,” says Sara Warber, the senior author of the study.
- It can heal cancer
In the world’s constant feat to fight cancer, one find hers cured by hiking. “Previously a sedentary adult, I never even considered going for a casual walk, much less hiking the forests and mountains! While in the wilds, I discovered imagination, challenges, achievement. I discovered an inner strength that I had not recognized, much less known” said Famous author Marybeth Haydon, a breast cancer survivor who healed her lung cancer through hiking — one that’s also backed by a 2011 study conducted at German Sports University Cologne that found that long distance hiking trips improve the blood’s anti-oxidative capacity.
- It lessens the effects of ADHD
Those with ADHD will find reprieve after a major dose of outdoor exploration. In fact, a 2004 University of Illinois study found that inattention and impulsivity, both ADHD symptoms are reduced after exposure to natural settings.
“We conducted a study in which we took children on walks in three different settings — one especially ‘green’ and two less ‘green’ — and kept everything about the walks as similar as possible. Some children took the “green” walk first; others took it second or last. We found that, after the walk in the park, children generally concentrated better than they did after a walk in the downtown area or the neighborhood area. The greenest space was best at improving attention after exposure,” says Andrea Faber Taylor, the lead of the study.
Convinced to take on that trail now?
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