Written by MindMate Staff
The health benefits of going hiking are numerous for people of all ages, and the potential social aspects boost health and wellbeing too. Contrary to popular stereotypes, you don’t have to be an outdoor enthusiast to enjoy hiking, and you don’t have to trek for miles to reap the rewards either!
Accessibility is the name of the game with hiking, you don’t need any fancy equipment and the outdoors is free to enjoy. For many older people, hiking can boost bone density and be easier on joints than walking on asphalt or concrete. Studies also show that seniors who hike regularly experience:
Getting started with hiking for fitness requires you to have some dynamic warm-ups prepared too, performing stretches with a range of movements rather than stretching in the same place gets you ready far quicker, and means that your muscles are better equipped for the range of movements involved in hiking. To give you an idea, here are some examples that you can incorporate into your warm-up: