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Hiking is Walking …. Intensified

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Hiking is Walking …. Intensified

The next activity for family outdoor sports and recreation good vibes leads us to the joy of hiking. When I was younger and people would profess with vigor that they were going to go hike it up. Always sounded quite daunting to me, until I inquired further and came to learn that hiking is walking. For reals…just with a little more vigor added to it and usually takes place on a trail in the outdoors, rather than in an urban environment.

Benefits of Hiking

1. Physical Benefits of Hiking

The physical gains one may benefit from by indulging in a hike are pretty extensive. A cardio workout packed with power can yield some pretty beneficial cardiovascular results for your body by improving the levels of your blood pressure and blood sugar.

It adds a good boost to your bones being a weight bearing exercise. Your lower extremities, specifically the gluteus muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings get a good tone and workout from walking on various inclines.

If you are to outfit yourself with a pack up top on your back, your core and upper body can get in some good endurance training as a result.

 

2. Mental Health Benefits of Hiking

Hiking in a nature’s playground is a bountiful pursuit for a clear mind. Mind researchers studies show that our society as a collective are predominantly living in a state of stress. Somehow we were all conditioned to think that the struggle and the hard work and the late nights and the busy busy busy schedules with worrying, analyzing, living for the next moment and rushing around is a natural way to be in the world.

Well, I disagree.

Life happens for you, not to you. Your mind, your mindset, your thoughts, your conditioned beliefs, unconscious or conscious, your emotional reactions to your thoughts and what you focus your mind upon determines how your internal and external reality shows up for you. Going outside to hike in the expanses that this beautiful and magnificent Earth provides, will put you in a head space that is optimal and doctors are even prescribing patients to nature therapy treatments to reduce anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD in children and depression.

This is an effective, monetarily free manner to raise the bar for your mental well-being and invite mindfulness into your state of being.

 

3. Emotional Benefits of Hiking

We human beings are a beautifully manufactured, complex, yet impeccably designed technology. Our main operating systems consist of our brains and our hearts. When governed optimally and invested in, the coherence of these two systems allow you to expand your state of being and really enjoy your life experience.

Regulation of one’s emotions is a vital skill. If you allow your emotions to control you, then you are essentially enabling your own dis empowerment. Anger, fear, sadness, happiness, guilt, envy…if you are human, you are emotional. I have witnessed the conditioning that being emotional signifies weakness and I would contradict that with the idea that if you can fully experience and govern your emotions in a connected and accepting manner, then you can master them and how they impact you and ultimately your life around you.

Getting outside, in the fresh air, surrounded by nature is a great way to release, experience and express your emotions – emotional energy is stored in the energy of the body. Regulation of your emotional health plays a super important role in your overall health and well-being. Enjoying the outdoors around you and really connecting to nature can harness emotional feels that will lend themselves to a good vibe. It’s all connected.

4. Spiritual Benefits of Hiking

I’m not a Preacher, but I watch that show and really dig it. I have seen people practice different religions and I know there are many practices and beliefs and customs around the world. Like I said in an earlier post, I can only speak knowledgeably of my own experience and I have a connection with what I deem and have encountered as The Divine. I harness a spiritual practice that enables me to look beyond the day to day routine of things and connect with possibility and wonderment. Meditation is a very beautiful and empowering practice and for me and the healing I needed to accomplish in my life, it proved to be a priceless investment.

I believe it is important that we honour a place of peace and love in ourselves and our fellow human. If you are human and on this planet, whether you are conscious of it or not, you have a connection with something bigger than yourself. Even an atheist has an antagonistic relationship with the Divine – the relationship itself proves there is something.

Going for a hike connects you with this something. You can see it in rock faces and valleys, lakes and rivers and abundant forests. You ever walk into a forest and stand next to 300 year old tree and ever wonder about the very fabric of what is going on around you? Connecting with that divinely magnificent system that is our planet, puts you in resonance with energy of immense self empowerment.

Go Hike

Going outside, connecting with the Earth – there is power there – and you can tap into it, no matter what your belief system, a vibration of love is a good vibe. It is pure light. It is the fundamental feels that any human being will innately be

drawn toward, whatever form in which it comes. These vibes are generated in a big way within you when you dance in natures playground.

 

It is actually surprising and refreshing to engage in a practice that connects you with the Earth’s elements. You can really find out a lot about yourself when doing so and cultivate a broader experience for your health and well-being.

 

Take what hiking?

10 things you may want to consider having with you when you go for a hike:

1. The right foot gear

Luckily we live in a time when comfort, style and durability can be combined in a good pair of trail shoes or hiking boots. Terrain and duration of the hike should be considerations when deciding what to outfit your family in, in terms of footwear.

2. A Guide, Map and Compass

I know that your mobile phone can provide you with GPS and Google Maps is an asset to understanding where you are heading, but having a compass is a great directional tool and a handy old-school map or guide will ensure you have your bearings should cell service or technical issues arise with your mobile device.

3. Food Snacks

When you go hike, especially if you have kids in your entourage, good, wholesome snacks are a necessity to keep your energy up and satiate any hunger that may arise while en route. Granola bars, fruit, sandwiches, any food that is easy to transport and gives off a healthy vibe.

4. Water, water and then more Water after that

This is a given. Investing in a good amount of water consumption optimizes your system. Our bodies are mostly water. You lose up to 30% of your brains function if you don’t have enough water in your system. Hydration is key to survival. I recommend a good solid and large BPA free water vessel with one back up per hiker and a good level of water consumption prior to any physical activity.

5. Appropriate Attire

How you clothe yourself will determine your comfort. I recommend avoiding cotton because if you sweat and then cool down, the cotton will absorb and retain your body’s moisture and lead to all kinds of discomfort. I recommend dry fit clothing. It is breathable, stylish and comfortable and offers a variety of options in comfort, styles and brands.

6. Extra Clothes and Rain Proof Gear

Sometimes weather can be unpredictable and if you are hiking with your kids, then having an extra layer and a light rain jacket conveniently and compactly stored in a pack can mean a world of difference in terms of your success should Mama Nature decide to shed a few rain tears while you are enjoying your hike. Staying dry and warm means comfort which is a much better vibe than being cold and wet.

7. A Knapsack or Day Pack

There are some seriously cool and convenient hiking packs or even just day pack knapsacks that will keep the gear you require for a successful hike well stowed and easy to transport. (This can prove empowering for younger kids too, if you outfit them with their own mini pack with water and their favourite stuffy)

8. A Flashlight, Matches Whistle and Multi Purpose Tool

These items are a safety precaution. Having the ability to build a fire and/or blowing a whistle if you get lost are advantageous to have. If the sun is going down and you need a visual for your mapping, a flashlight will come in handy. A multi purpose tool (my mind immediately thinks Swiss Army Knife) kinda dealio is a very handy tool to have for any kind of fixes, repairs or unexpected situations that may need a knife or scissors (like cutting zap straps open – apparently my kid is in a “I’m ย loving the zap straps” phase of his life.)

9. First Aid Kit

As a Mama Bear, I have my band aid kit with ointments and varying sizes of plasters and fixer up kinda materials. Should anyone injure themselves, it is a great asset to any hiking pack.

10. Shades and Lotion

Protecting your skin and your retinas from the magnificent ball of fire that is the sun is imperative for your overall health and well-being. Once you hike a good while, you want to make sure that the results you yield are empowering, and this is not achievable if you are left with a sunburn, so protect yourself and have fun!!

Taking a camera to capture the magnificent views you are bound to encounter would be my number 11 but nowadays most people are with a cell phone camera so it is probably a given that these items will be in your pack – whatever your choice, camera or camera phone – hikes can be memorable so having a visual record to accompany the rad memory will be a worthwhile pursuit! So if you are up for a hike, have at it and enjoy yourself!

26 Comments

  1. Very good post and it has the truth inside of it.

    Me and my wife love to go hiking, the reason is simple.

    Even if it sounds boring and it is like walking, it totally isn’t. You see the nature, you exercise more, use more nerves and it requires more focus.

    For us it has another advantage, we have great trips and it brings us closer together.

    I will share this post to show people hiking is amazing!

    • Hi Emmanuel. I am so pleased to hear that hiking is an activity you and your significant other enjoy together.  There is beauty and connectivity engaging with your spouse in the great outdoors. There is great value in investing the time to do so and I am grateful for your kind comment about my post. Stay vibrant and enjoy your hiking adventures!

  2. I agree with you, hiking is certainly a better experience than just walking around a city block.  There is always another wonderful lookout or site to see.  Nature offers us so much if we just take the time to see it.

    The camera, now that’s another matter.  I always seem to find something on my hikes to photograph.  Slows everyone down or I have to run to try and catch up.  

    Water is definitely a must. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this one.  I went hiking in the tropics and didn’t have enough water and my fingers swelled up.  Never again.

    I certainly encourage everyone to consider this wonderful activity.

    • Awesome KerryAnn!  The importance of proper hydration can never be over emphasized. I am stoked you find a good vibe in engaging in hiking and support its benefits!  I hope you enjoy many more outdoor adventures and I am appreciative of your comment!  Take good care!

  3. I have not tried put hiking yet but I intend to in a not so distant future.

    You are very accurate. I also believe your emotions are not a sign of weakness. They are just triggers toward releasing your greatest potentials.

    I have to say it is true that something deep inside us points us to the Divine, whether we believe oit or choose to affirm it or not. We are beings with deep minds beyond our own understanding.

    Love your writ up altogether.

    Loads of love.

    Keep peaking high!

    Cheers!

  4. Hi Rebecca. Well that took me back to my old days of hiking. It is a wonderful experience that I miss and you may just have inspired me to get back into it. It is true that the emotional benefits are great, as you feel the weight of your daily routines drop away when you connect with nature. Being well prepared is also very important and often overlooked. Great information here for anyone considering going hiking. Thank you.Cass

    • Hey Cass!  I appreciate you reaching out with a comment and am super pleased to hear that you gained some inspiration from my post. A very good vibe indeed! Enjoy your next hike!

  5. This is a wonderful article and I have to bookmark it because I would like to refer to it in the future when I will be taking my family for hiking. You have provided a good checklist that I need to tick as I pack all the things I need. 

    I’ve gone to mountain hiking in the past  and each moment I discover that I’ve forgotten important stuff in the middle the journey but your article will salvage the situation in future.

    The most amazing part of this article is the importance of hiking. As a matter of fact, I have never thought that hiking has both emotional and spiritual advantages. I appreciate this great information.

    • Hey!  I am pleased to hear that my post has proved to be of some value for you.  Enjoy the great outdoors with your family and thank you for your comment!!

  6. I was in love with hiking when I first hike with my friends in country side of UK. You have reminded me how I felt, enjoyed, happy, relaxed, amazed by the creation of God. We even camped there and it was freezing! I remember we almost ran out of water and was going to drink the water from  the small river. Do you think it is dangerous things to do? Hiking is a great things to do with family, and creating lifetime memories!

    • Hey Emily.  I used to spend my summer months in the South of England which boasts beautiful landscapes and the coast of Devon has some lovely and expansive hiking trails.  I think if you are out in nature, and well prepared, then it is all good!!  Dangers can exist anywhere, really, I think it depends on your knowledge, capabilities and awareness of the activities you are indulging in.  I am super pleased to hear you are cultivating such beautiful memories!  Thank you for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I was like you when I heard the first time the word ‘hiking’. Now I’m a hiking addicted and during the weekends I have a hike. Even in my holidays, I hike as much as I can.

    I use a hydration pack of 1.5L which suffice for me. 

    I would add a mosquito spray on the hiking list. Many times I’ve troubles with these little insects. 

    Thanks for an informative reading.

    • Hey Dany!  You know, you are so right about the mosquito repellant and I really ought to add it to the list!  My partner tends to be the victim of mosquitos, whereas i have never proved to have any issues.  You must be like him and have the sweet blood they like to feast on.   I appreciate your input and am very pleased to hear that you love hiking so much!  Enjoy it and thank you again for your insights ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This article brings back pleasant memories from childhood, where my siblings and I would go on a gentle hike in the forest behind my village. We did not have all the awesome gear mentioned here, but we used to have a few light snacks and some water with us. We would hike along the pathways made by man and beast and even forage for wild berries in season and even mushrooms, we would watch birds and butterflies and the odd monkeys chattering among the trees. We would return physically tired but mentally refreshed to a delicious meal lovingly prepared by my mother to end the hike. Alas all that is no more as we have moved to the city and a hike means a major undertaking with quite a bit of travel.

    • Hey Aziza, I am so pleased to hear that you have such fond memories of engaging in hiking with your family. Observing the butterflies and monkeys sounds like all kinds of wonderful connectivity to nature.  I hope you are able to harness those kinds of vibes in some manner or another in the city. Have a wonderful day ahead and thank you for your comment!

  9. One good way of keeping the body soul and spirit together is through bodily exercise  and hiking is such a good one. it is more exciting when you, with your family members go on hiking; it keeps the love together.

    Really it is walking with much more vigor and strength. the benefits of it is that you get a whole body work out and your muscles get flexed and eventually relaxed. it keeps your mind off the troubles, makes you more emotionally and psychologically balanced, physically fit. Well i love the spiritual part of the benefits anyway……. honouring a place that connects you to the divine being you serve. Awesome.

    • What a positive and connected comment to encounter.  Thank you Olonisakin. I am so pleased to hear that hiking really resonates with you and that you find great value in connecting with the outdoors. I agree, to honour ourselves, this is good work and can be accomplished very easily by participating in one’s own physical and mental health.  I wish you much success and wellness on your journey!  

  10. Hi Rebecca. When I was young we would often be dragged out into the bush to go tramping for the day, or during the school holidays, for a few weeks of camping and tramping combined. Tramping is what Kiwi’s (people from New Zealand) call hiking. It was awesome and gave my brothers, sisters and I a great respect for nature. Words often cannot describe the magnificence that nature puts on display for us mere mortals. I still remember coming face to face with ‘the father of Waipoua forest.’ He is a tree, called ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ – and is the oldest kauri tree in the world. It is estimated that he has been growing since the bronze age of man- 3,000 years ago! Wow, you don’t get to see that every day, or from the comfort of your lounge chair!
    Go hiking, or go tramping or whatever you want to call it. Go and play in this magnificent playground that we have been gifted by nature. It is truly awe-inspiring stuff!

    • Hey Andrew. I am grateful for your comment as I had no knowledge of the tree in which you spoke of. I did some research and WOWZAS!! That is a beast of tree and I am betting that the images on Google barely do it justice should you stand before it. What a fortunate situation to be able to encounter such a magnificent work of nature!! So much to be seen and explored on this beautiful planet, and I have just added Te Matua Ngahere as natural monument to plan a fun adventure to go encounter in person. Thank you very much for your inspiring and insightful comment.

  11. Awesome article Rebecca. Growing up on a mountain, I was lucky enough to have beautiful hiking trails in my backyard. While hiking is an amazing workout, I always felt I got a lot more from the spiritual side of it you talked about through feeling connected with nature. Just something about it that is different from other outdoor activities. Thank you!

    • Hey Dan! Thanks to you! I am delighted to learn that you find resonance in what I have written and supports further the benefits and rewards of hiking. A great way to grow up, on a mountain surrounded by beautiful trails. Nice one!

  12. I love to hike, and you are right, for me it does wonders! I never thought to take much with me. But you are right, there are definitely some essentials such as water for one! Hiking is wonderful and for me, a great stress reducer.

  13. When I first saw your topic I was like hmm.. I’ve never really been hiking intentionally, have I?
    Then I realized, in a sense I do it almost every day….

    every time I hit the gym, I almost never use car to get there.
    I take a long walk instead, in a suburban area that is covered with forest.
    In my eyes it’s 2 in 1 – Before getting hands on heavy equipment, you get a good warm-up boost as well in form of cardio.

    Nature has its direct effect on us, & it’s incredibly potent one.
    Every single time, walking under trees it gives some kind of a primal charge you can’t get elsewhere.
    I find it useful, to be the one-version-better-me.

    • Hey Henry!  I love your comment and your approach to life.  This is exactly what I am talking about – it is so easy to integrate the powerful benefits of being in nature into your daily routine.  You have it dialled in!  Stay vibrant and thank you for such a great contribution with your comment.

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