Hiking is one of the activities that offer tremendous benefits for your health and well-being. With the existence of several areas where you can go hiking, it is high time you should consider taking a mountaineering tour in Uganda. When someone asks you to go hiking, thank them for minding about your health and mind. Some of the health benefits include;
1. Increases the level of fitness
Hiking trails are most times softer on joints, it’s easier on the ankles and knees as compared to running. Research shows that an hour of hiking can burn more than 500 calories depending on the level of incline and the weight of the pack you’re carrying. Altitude has also been proven to be good at weight loss. For those trying to lose weight, trekking a hill or mountain offers much better results.
2. Tones the body
Physiologically, you will be working out the whole body, more so the lower body parts. If you carry a pack, you will also challenge your upper body. Regular walking can get your butt in better shape, but taking on sharp inclines, using trekking poles to propel you forward, and clambering over rocks gives your body an all-over workout.
3. Prevent and control diabetes
Hiking regularly helps to control or prevent diabetes by lower sugar levels in your blood. Hiking gives your muscles a workout, which moves glucose from your bloodstream for energy.
4. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Hiking through the trails constantly decreases blood pressure and cholesterol, which helps reduce the danger of heart disease, diabetes and stroke for those at high-risk. Hiking downhill is two times more effective at removing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance.
5. Hiking heals
A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that long distance hiking trips may improve the antioxidative capacity, which helps fight off disease, in the blood of oncological patients. Another study showed that breast cancer survivors who exercised regularly — many in the form of hiking — believed that physical activity complemented their recovery from cancer treatment.
6. Social Activity
A planned long distance trek can help you forge friendship and bonds as you shape yourself up. The interaction with the larger hiking community also encourages you to engage with your work out as a lifestyle not a chore. This will help you stick with the trek for long. It is a good idea to hike with a group of family or friends.
7. Increase creativity
According to research, spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by up to 50%. The writers point out that the results may have as much to do with unplugging from technology as they do spending time outside. Walking gets the creativeness within us flowing far more than sitting.
8. Increase happiness levels
Hiking as an additional therapy helps people with severe depression levels feel less hopeless, depressed and suicidal. It may even inspire those suffering from it to lead a more active lifestyle. Make it to the top of a mountain makes you feel you can at least conquer something tough in life.