Hiking is a great way to get out and get moving. It's healthy, it's fun, and it's an excuse to spend some time in the great outdoors.
Besides being a great hobby, hiking provides a variety of health benefits:
- Improves heart, lung, and blood vessel fitness.
- Improves muscle fitness.
- Lowers risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Reduces depression and improves sleep quality.
Whether you're a novice hiker or a seasoned mountaineer, try one of the Healthy Hikes and LiVe Well!
NOTE: Hiking or any other outdoor activity can be dangerous. Please follow common sense when planning a hike. Individuals using this resource are wholly responsible for anticipating potential hazards and evaluating their physical ability to follow a particular hike description. Take into account weather, hydration requirements, before you go. Also, research trail conditions beforehand so that you know exactly what you are getting into. You are responsible for your own safety. Taking the time to equip yourself with proper gear and know-how can go a long way in helping you have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.