This is because, in addition to improved cardiorespiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels), hiking has been shown to reduce depression and help you to sleep better. Those who hike regularly have a lowered risk of colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung, thyroid, and endometrial cancer.
What's more, hiking exercises almost every part of your body: legs, knees, ankles, arms, hips and butt, abdominals, shoulders, and neck.
Hiking exercises your body and mind and nourishes your imagination. Hiking is a sensory experience as it creates awareness in your eyes, nose, and ears. "Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D., president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."
Hiking can provide a mindful and meditative practice. It's a beautiful way to get outside, move your body, and connect with nature. When we connect with nature, we naturally become inspired, grounded, and creative.