Hiking is one of best ways to get healthy and happy. Research shows many benefits for both mind and body. With cooling temps and changing colors, fall is a great time to hit the trails.
Besides enjoying nature’s surround sounds and fresh scents, you may boost your brain power and creative thinking.
The uneven terrain of paths that wind up, down, and sideways, work a variety muscle groups and can help with overall balance. Hikers report benefits like weight loss, stress relief, better sleep, and more positive thoughts.
New hikers can start out slow and build up with a variety of trails and scenery on Conservation areas, from short walks to more moderate hikes. For safety and company, you can take a buddy or join a hiking club. Be prepared and stay hydrated to enjoy healthy and happy trails. Explore hiking on MDC Conservation areas. Go on a hike in the Irish Wilderness part of the Ozark trail in the video below.
There are so many health benefits of hiking. Time Magazine takes a closer look.