How hiking can help you live longer!

Oct 04, 2023

Getting outdoors and experiencing a pack-free guided walk is good for you in so many ways. You won’t get a better workout for your mind, body and soul and it’ll knock years off you!

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Bushwalking is so powerful for our health and wellbeing that some doctors have begun prescribing it as an adjunct to other treatments for disease. As one group of US researchers puts it, “The synergistic effect of physical activity and time spent in nature make hiking an ideal activity to increase overall health and wellness.”

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“Our research and lots of other research confirms that physical activity is one of the keys to a long, healthy life,“ says Dr Howard Friedman of the University of California, and author of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.

“Physical activity doesn’t necessarily mean exercise or going to the gym, although that is fine if you enjoy it. It simply means being up and out of your chair.”

All exercise is good for us. Whether it’s going to the gym and using a stationary bike or a treadmill, getting your heart rate up and working out your lungs keeps you feeling younger and stronger. But bushwalking involves something many other forms of exercise don’t: trails.

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That means it requires navigating in a world that’s not totally predictable. Steep tracks, uneven paths, overhanging branches and hidden obstacles – all of the things you might encounter on a bushwalk require micro and macro-adjustments to your route, which is great for your brain.

Exercise in general can be a great stress-buster. But what sets bushwalking is that it’s done in a natural setting.

Research is clear on the benefits of being in nature while exercising. Studies have found that, compared to walking in a cityscape or along a road, walking in green spaces helps us recover from “attention overload” – the mental fatigue that comes from living and working in a world where computers and mobile phones are a constant distraction.

Also the social aspects of a nature walk can’t be undersold. Walking with friends at a slow and steady pace allows you to catch-up with loved ones whilst in a natural setting, and on one of our pack-free guided walks there’s every chance you’ll meet a friend for life!

So, the question is where do you want to go? Click here and begin your Life’s An Adventure adventure!

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