Saturday, July 9, 2016

Reason No. 41 to hike: Improved workout

If you want a really good workout, skip going to the gym. Instead, hit the hiking trail.

A 2005-2008 study showed that older adults garnered more physical gains and benefits when exercising outside as opposed to in a building.

Why? First, being in nature boosts one's mood. This leads to longer workout sessions as well as a greater likelihood of sticking to an exercise routine. Secondly, terrain changes and wind resistance actualy require outside exercisers to expend more energy than those on a treadmill or gym bike.

A bonus to exercising outside, the study added, was lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.