Hiking Benefits

  • Improved cardio-respiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels)

  • Improved muscular fitness

  • Lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

  • Lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes

  • Lower risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides

  • Lower risk of colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial cancer

  • Increased bone density or a slower loss of density

  • Reduced depression and better quality sleep

  • Lower risk of early death (If you are active for 7 hours a week, your risk of dying early is 40% lower than someone active for less than 30 minutes a week.)

  • Weight control; hiking burns up 370 calories an hour (154-lb person)