Why walking in the wilderness is soooo good for you!
Walking is no longer seen as a ‘soft option’ for physical and mental fitness – for many it’s the BEST option, so when you go on a bushwalk you’re doing so much good stuff to your body and you don’t even know it!
So here are eight reasons why walking in the wilderness is sooo good for you.
You get away from technology Let’s face it, we’re stuck to our phones as if they’re an extra part of our body. It’s no one’s fault. Phones are good. But it’s also good to put them away. And when you’re out in the bush with no reception or WiFi you might as well chuck them in your day pack and look at the world through your own eyes again and not a tiny screen.
Time to think
Being in your own head to process your thoughts – and yep, daydream – is totally underrated! A long, slow walk in the wilderness is the perfect occasional to just think – think about anything, think about your life, your loved one… your dreams. At the end of walk you may just have the clarity you’re looking for.
Time to talk Being in the bush will allow you to socialise with your fellow walkers. Even if you don’t know them you’ve already got one thing in common – bushwalking! Walking, talking – and listening – go hand in hand in hand. You never know, by the time you’ve completed your walk you may have a found friend for life.
Reconnect with nature Remember as a kid climbing trees, laying in the grass, running around field? And then you grew up… Get back into the wilderness and reclaim your youth. It doesn’t matter if you’re seven, seventeen or seventy, being in nature is relaxing, reinvigorating and inspiring.
Improves cardiovascular fitness Like all muscles, the heart’s fitness will improve the more you use it, allowing it to pump blood around your body with increased efficiency. A study in 2001 suggested that one hour of brisk walking a week will greatly decrease the chance of heart disease.
Prevents osteoarthritis A combination of walking and glucosamine sulphate supplements has been shown to improve physical function and reduce pain in one study, while another suggests that light exercise might help prevent osteoarthritis through weight loss.
Reduces stress and depression Exercise causes our bodies to release endorphins and serotonin, which helps regulate our moods, appetite and sleep patterns. Further studies have found that exercise also helps stimulate the growth of brain cells associated with memory and learning, a function hampered by depression.
Protects your memory The hippocampus (the part of the brain involved in memory forming, organising and storing) will start to decrease around age 60, but in walkers it has been shown to increase over time instead. A study conducted over 13 years found that of 300 participants, 116 had developed some cognitive problems and the effects were 50 per cent greater for those who didn’t walk.
So if you want to experience all of the above join us for a pack-free guided walk. We have over 50 to choose from right here in Australia!