I have always loved hiking. But when I lived in NYC, hiking was something that only happened on vacations, trips to LA or anywhere else- never in the concrete jungle. I mean what would we have done? Hike the George Washington Bridge? Maybe, but that doesn’t sound so pleasant to me!
As soon as we moved out to the golden coast, we started hiking up a storm and haven’t slowed down months later. I love hiking for many reasons- first it’s a great workout, but it’s also a great way to get outside and spend time with a friend or your own thoughts
I get some of my best thinking/trouble processing done when I am hiking. I also tend to mentally create all of my to-do lists and then write them down once I am home or in the notes section of my phone. I think of it as “me time” that is also doing something good for my body. Mind-body balance baby!
You’ll also be sure to get your daily needs to vitamin D from being outside- but of course wear sun protection! You want vitamin D but you don’t want a sunburn.
I usually hike about 3 times a week, more if I am ambitious. I like to do most of my workouts in the morning, and then if my day allows for it and I am feeling pretty damn good, I’ll also go on a hike in the late afternoon or early evening. That way its not too hot and I get some amazing sunset photos in the hills, which is always a plus!
But there are some other surprising benefits of hiking that studies have shown that go beyond just a nice workout, and I found it very interesting…so of course I wanted to share!
- Hiking nourishes your imagination and heightens your senses. It creates awareness in your eyes, ears and other senses. this is if you aren’t listening to music- which I recommend you do every now and then because I think there is something very special about spending time with your thoughts and truly being present to what’s around you.
- Hiking for an hour can burn serious calories- up to 500 depending on your weight and age! The trekking also helps build bone density and works all parts of your body. Booty, legs, abs, back- all kick in to get you up and down and the results can be amazing!
- As with a lot of exercise, hiking has shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s also easier on the knees that huffing it on concrete.
- Hiking has been used as a form of therapy for people who suffer from depression for many years. It makes total sense to me! Hiking always makes me feel more focused and happy- I never finish a hike in a bad mood. In fact, it usually turns my day around. It brings me to a higher understanding and creates a stronger sense of well-being.
So leave that treadmill behind and go rogue!
Here are a few things to remember when you first start hiking:
- Have a plan- you don’t want to get lost or bite off more than you can chew, which leads me to…
- Start small- don’t do the longest, hardest hike for your first time. Work your way up
- Buddy up! It makes time go by faster and you can have a fun friend hang, gab sesh whilst working your body- double score!
- Hydrate! Especially in the summer- your body will dehydrate faster as temps climb, so make sure you hydrate before during and after a hike.
And this bra by Body Language it is seriously my favorite bra and I have it in 4 different colors!