Why do people go hiking

Why do people go hiking

For those who don’t enjoy walking, or going out in the elements, hiking can seem like a bizarre pastime. They wonder what can possibly be enjoyable about climbing up a rock, or walking in the rain along a country pathway.

The main reason hikers hike is obvious. We enjoy it. It’s our hobby. The fresh air, the solitude, the feeling of purpose, simply being outside instead of cooped up in the house is irresistible to us. Obviously if you like to stay in doors with a biscuit and a cup of tea, that’s your choice. But for hikers, we just like to be outside, and it’s a reasonably gentle way to get in touch with nature.

And there are a lot of benefits to hiking, that you might not even be aware of. It’s thought that those who spend more time in rural areas getting fresh air, are more likely to live longer. City and town dwellers are prone to inhaling fumes and toxins that aren’t welcome in the body. Those who live in the city, and hike in the countryside are giving themselves a healthier life.

It’s also very relaxing too. If you have a stressful job during the week, spending Saturday, Sunday, or both getting some gentle exercise, is a great way to burn off any residual anxiety you might have left over from the week. Plus you can think clearer when you’re not distracted by shops and tempting events. Nothing but the rolling hills, the mountains and the country treks.

And there’s something quite beautiful about walking along with no destination in mind. Who knows where you’ll eventually stop and turn around again. You can go for as long as you like, trudging through the undergrowth, and up the rocks, enjoying the view, and the freedom. We all love a good adventure, and what’s more adventurous than not knowing where you’re headed?

In short, you might find you’ll enjoy hiking if you give it a go.