The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world, leading to a large number of people feeling isolated. Working from home has become the “new norm,” and people are more stressed than ever due to constant emails and social media. To help combat this, it is important to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. One of the best ways to do so is by going for a hike in the fresh air.
Studies indicate that hiking and other outdoor exercises can improve overall health. Whether you are an avid hiker or just a novice, you are likely to experience some benefits from hiking. Physical benefits of hiking include improved cardiovascular health, boosted body balance, increased bone density, and improved quality of sleep. In order to prepare yourself physically for a hike, it is important to train yourself early, warm up your body, include leg-based cardio in your daily routine, take the stairs frequently, include a mixture of training terrain, train yourself to walk in different types of weather, and train with a backpack. Additionally, make sure to invest in a good pair of water-resistant hiking boots that provide plenty of support.
Through regular hiking, you can both reconnect with nature and improve your physical health.