Walking in the Derbyshire Peaks and in the USA National Parks recently, I started wondering if this was as good for me as high intensity cardio workouts. Researching this led me to some interesting conclusions.
There are apparently five main reasons why a good long hike can benefit you just as much:-
- It lowers your risk of heart disease
- It improves your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- It boosts bone density as walking is a weight bearing exercise
- It builds strength in your glutes, quads, hamstrings and the muscles in your hips
- Hiking gives your whole body a workout, improving your strength, agility and cardio funstions
So as you can see, hiking is definitely a good way to go, either as an exercise regime in itself or as part of your more high intensity workouts. The added benefit of hiking of course is that you get to take in some of our wonderful scenary especially in this amazing weather we have been enjoying lately.
Hiking gives you all of this and so much more. It can even burn off between 300-600 calories per hour.
Fitbiznow is primarily about keeping fit in the great outdoors and so what better way of achieving this than taking a hike?!