There’s something really special about getting out in nature & getting away from our busy, hectic everyday lives. Hiking helps us to clear the clutter in our minds & allows us be renewed mentally while getting a full body workout. Physical benefits of hiking include stronger muscles, improved balance & heart health, & the decreasing risks of certain respiratory problems. Meanwhile, studies have shown that spending time outside helps reduce stress, calms anxiety and even lowers depression. Hiking really is the full body wellness workout.
However, did you know that hiking can help you nurture relationships with your friends, family, & significant other? The benefits of hiking with those close to you go far beyond the physical benefits of getting active & outside. Spending time in nature can not only have an incredibly positive effect on your health, happiness & relationships it can also fuel the bonds you have with the people you take with you.
Whether it’s with a younger sibling, neighborhood friend, or even a grandparent, hiking a trail together can bring you closer & help build a healthy relationship. By hiking together you not only get to spend time together, but also get to strengthen the bonds you have- what more could you ask for in an afternoon?
So the next time you want to plan a day outside, invite a friend or family member. It may make that trip a hike that you’ll always remember- but it will definitely make you closer & healthier!source