Take a hike
There is nothing better for your soul to get out of the house, away from the computer screen or TV and take a walk. If you are lucky and you can quickly go to the countryside that is top price, but getting out of your house and get the blood flowing is a priority. We all know that hiking is good for you, but you will be amazed how good it is really for your health. When you go out for a hike, here is how you may benefit. Hiking helps you cope at work, heals your brain, and makes you more creative. It can even be better for you than running.
Help you cope with stress
Studies showed that hiking can lower you stress levels. Studies also showed that only looking at nature scenes on photographs can help lowering your stress Levels. The studies also showed that taking a walk in green environments leads to better sleep and lowers blood pressure
Better than running?
Everybody thinks that running is the best exercise. What is better than running? Maybe walking! Studies showed that brisk walking can lower your risk for heart disease more than running. The study that was done by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found that for the same amount of energy used walkers experience greater health benefits than runners, with the added benefit of reducing heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol nearly twice as much in certain cases.
Studies showed that hiking lowers depression significantly. It also improved the quality of your sleep.
Hiking also lower risk of early death. If you are active for about 7 hours a week, your risk of dying early is 40% lower than someone active for less than 30minutes a week.
Hiking exercise most parts of body
Hiking exercises most parts of your body. It exercises legs, knees, ankles, arms, hips and butt, abdominals, shoulders and neck. It also increases bone density.
Lower cancer risk
Hiking decreases risk of colon cancer, breast, lung and endometrial cancer.
How much is enough?
Experts say getting active for just 150 minutes a week with moderate aerobic exercise like hiking or brisk walking leads to most of the benefits exercise gives like lowering of cancer risk. It is important to be active for more than 10 minutes at a time, but otherwise every time you exercise during the week adds up to your weekly goal. You do not have to do all the hours at once. If you are running you only have to do half the time (75 minutes a week) to get the benefits of exercising.
Track your workouts
It is good to keep track of your exercise. This will help you rack up the minutes. Seeing your progress can be a great motivator to keep you going.
Hiking, walking or running is possibly the cheapest exercises with some of the best benefits. For walking and running you need a pair of high quality shoes and you are on your way. I always say, the most difficult part of any exercising program is putting on your shoes. As soon as you are on the road, your body and mind will thank you. So, get those shoes and get out of the house. You have no excuse.
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