Do you know the 6 benefits of hiking?

Are you lacking in energy? Increase your physical and mental fitness and enjoy the surprising benefits of hiking!
After reading this article, you’ll have no reason not to get back on the hiking trails.


The benefits



1/ You’ll feel more relaxed and happier

The University of Chiba in Japan carried out a study that proved that people who spend time in the open air are more relaxed and happy. They were able to demonstrate that when participants in this study were in a forest, their stress levels dropped (slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and cortisol rates). Combined with better oxygenation of the brain, all of this increases your well being. .

2/ You’ll be 50% more creative 

The brain is stimulated by wide open spaces, the beauty of the landscapes...

And if you take the opportunity to switch off your phone, it’ll be even more beneficial.
Researchers from the University of Kansas and Utah have even established that after several days spent in nature without a mobile phone, creativity increased by 50%, as well as the ability to find solutions in case of a problem.


The benefits


3/ You’ll strengthen your immune system

An endurance activity that's suitable for everyone's ability, walking - as opposed to physical activities that are too intensive - contributes to the overall enhancement of the immune system. This is in part thanks to the molecules secreted by plants and trees:phytoncides.

4/ You’ll easily maintain your muscle mass

Because it can be enjoyed for long periods, without overdoing it, hiking doesn’t exhaust the body too much.It’s a comprehensive form of exercise, with extra focus on the lower body muscles, but doesn't strain the joints. It is a great sport to maintain muscle tone.
A tip to look after your joints:make sure you don’t overload your bag and spread the load evenly, using the information in the article below.

5/ You’ll lower your bad cholesterol levels

Hiking regularly reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, improving the health of your arteries and reducing heart pressure.


6/ Your bones will age better and less quickly

It also prevents osteoporosis thanks to its effect on the bones and joints. Bone density will increase therefore reducing the risk of fractures.Think about using poles to take pressure off knees and help you with climbs ascents and descents. .


Good to know!

As with all sports activities, it must be practised regularly in order to enjoy all the benefits of hiking. Waking three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes is ideal. If you stop hiking, you will lose the benefits after three to six months.
~Now that you have no more excuses, you can easily take up hiking again with our article, which helps you choose your route and warm up to fully enjoy great days out.


The app behind your best walks

So, are you convinced? All you have to do is let yourself be guided on the most wonderful hikes. Wherever you are, the free Decathlon Outdoor app presents the most beautiful walks nearby, shared and rated by the community.
Launch the guide and enjoy! We'll take care of everything - even without a signal!

BONUS: You will also stock up on vitamin D! Don't wait any longer before equipping yourself and head off to improve your health surrounded by nature. And you, what benefits does hiking provide for you? Tell us in the comments section!



Copywriter hiking tips

My Top 3 walks: Anterne lake, the West Coast Trail and the Vercors (but I can't choose)!
I love: going on adventures on forgotten footpaths, old shepherd’s or postal trails.
I don't like: people who throw their litter in the forest.

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