It’s more obvious than ever that this pandemic has changed the dynamic of our lives. If you ask me, I became the biggest couch potato: I mostly stay at home and do uni work, because it’s a lot. Maybe it’s just me, maybe not. But before all of this happened, I was a more active person. I loved going for long walks, rollerskating and doing productive things that contributed to my health in general. During holidays, I liked seeing the mountains and even hiking. It gave me a nice feeling and it made me feel powerful. To be honest, running and rollerskating is nothing in comparison to this and I think this is an evident fact. Well, yeah, hiking is cool. And, with that in mind, I will tell you 5 of the many reasons why hiking is good for you. Trust me, it’s fun!
1. You’ll sleep better
Because of the fact that you basically climb and you don’t simply walk on a flat road, you consume more energy. And you also get more tired. Not gonna lie, whenever I went hiking, I was exhausted afterwards and I went straight to sleep. Guess what? The next morning, I woke up early and ready for a brand new day! Moreover, if you don’t use your electronic devices before sleep, everything will be a lot better. Sadly, I am guilty of that, so I don’t really know how it feels.
2. You will be in a better mood
Just like regular exercising or like a sport in general, hiking makes you feel better and happier. The logic is simple: you feel accomplished because you climbed a mountain and this accomplishment makes you happy. In addition to that, it frees your mind from your daily responsibilities and this is a great happiness generator. I don’t know about you, but both of these apply to me! Ironically, it keeps my mind occupied while freeing it. Well, it’s occupied in a good way that doesn’t make me want to stress over the littlest things.
3. You will push your limits
If you are not an active person or simply not in a good mood, hiking can change that! Let me tell you a story: one time when I went hiking, I did not feel good. I felt so overwhelmed…it was like I had to carry myself there and it felt like I weighted twice as much. Trust me, you can’t hike like this. I wanted to give up so many times and the whole climb seemed impossible, even though I’ve done it before. But with the right amount of external and internal motivation, I did it!
While climbing, I started being in a better mood, I did not feel just as overwhelmed and the whole thing went smoothly afterwards. This has made me feel proud of myself and more invincible. I went out of my comfort zone and I did something I couldn’t do in that moment. Well, it happens, we are human beings! But not doing anything about it is not the key.
4. You will improve your relationships
Hiking alone is a thing, but everything is better with friends, right? Well, yes, I agree. If you go with friends, the whole experience will be 10x more fun. And it’s not only that, it’s also the fact that hiking can be dangerous if you’re not careful, so you learn how to trust the ones you’re with. In addition, you can know them better by learning things about them and hiking is the best way. You see them happy, you see them mad, you see them exhausted. And if (I hope it’s not the case!) bad things happen, your friends are there for you! The friendships you solidify during hiking are unique and special.
5. You will appreciate everything around you
If you go hiking, you know that the landscape up there can’t be traded for anything: it’s unique and magnificent! You feel like you’re on the top of the world. You look around and you see that you are right above the clouds. Then you see another mountain in front of you, you see buildings, everything is very tiny and you don’t know exactly which is which. But the way they blend in together…it’s like a very beautiful painting, apart from the fact that it’s in real life. And it’s not just the view when you reach the top, it’s also the whole hike. You are in nature.
Everything is quiet and peaceful. You take a big breath of fresh air, which you can’t really do in a busy town. Everything is green. You detach yourself from everything. What can be better than that? And that’s the moment you truly appreciate where you are. It’s an amazing place, isn’t it?
Even though things are not good right now, you should definitely put “hiking” on your bucket list. As you can see, it has multiple advantages that outweigh any possible disadvantage you can think of. If you want to get into shape or to step out of your comfort zone, this is the right thing for you! I heavily recommend it and I hope you found my list convincing!