7 Reasons to Start Hiking

Hiking is a really simple activity that’s easy for beginners to pick up. Whether you want to learn more about hiking, or you need a some help convincing a friend or family member to start hiking with you, here are seven reasons to start hiking!

Hiking is fun

Breathing in fresh air, feeling the sun on your face, and experiencing the great outdoors is both fun and rewarding.

One of the great things about hiking is that it can be as leisurely or as intense as you want it to be. You can hike with others, with your dog, or by yourself. In other words, hiking is an activity can be tailored exactly to your liking.

Hiking is good for your physical health

Physical activity is important for everyone at every age. Hiking can provide a cardio workout and it helps strengthen your core and your legs. This is especially true if you get into the world of backpacking. The best part is that you’re exercising while doing something that’s fun.

Hiking is good for your mental health

Stepping out into nature is a relaxing way to get away from technology and relieve stress. Several studies have been done showing the mental health benefits of spending time in nature.

You can hike with friends and family

There are hikes that accommodate people of all ages and physical abilities. You don’t have to be an elite athlete, or even in shape, to start hiking.

See things that not everybody sees

When you go hiking you often get to see views that you can’t drive to. Being able to see things that most people only see in pictures makes hiking special.

Experience nature

In addition to the fresh air and sunshine you also get to enjoy the flora and fauna while you’re out hiking. Start your hikes early and you can see wildlife waking up. Choose the right time of year to see incredible blooms.

Challenge yourself

Hiking offers an opportunity to improve mental toughness and grit. The weather, terrain, and your pace can shape the difficulty of your hike, and tough hikes result in a truly rewarding experience.

Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters for hiking  shoes, day packs, hiking backpacks, hiking socks, and everything else you need to start hiking!

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