If you’re thinking of taking up a new outdoor hobby, hiking could be one of the best places to start. Whilst it’s not an easy hobby to take up, it is definitely one of the most rewarding in terms of health, adventure and travel. With that in mind, here are 6 awesome reasons you should start hiking:
– It Gives You A Sense Of Adventure
Whilst most of the time you’ll be following specific paths and routes, hiking is a great way to increase your sense of adventure. You never know what you can stumble on when you’re out hiking and with each and every hike you will definitely discover something new. Whether it’s a new place to visit, a new skill you’ve gained or something completely different – your sense of adventure will definitely grow with every step you take.
– It Is An Incredible Form Of Exercise
If you’re looking to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing, hiking is an incredible choice. While it isn’t necessarily high intensity all the time, the amount of walking you do on a hike is considerably high. Before you get started it is also important that you’re choosing hikes that are suited to your fitness level, as otherwise, you could end up stuck somewhere unable to get back. For tips and tricks on finding your perfect hike, you can visit this guide here.
– You Don’t Have To Do It Alone
Although there are not many hobbies you HAVE to do alone, hiking is one that is actually better the more people there are. If you’re looking for a buddy or a group to hike with, joining a local hiking community is a good place to start. They will regularly go out on new and local routes, as well as venturing out to trails that are a little further out.
– It Gives You A Chance To Travel and To See New Perspectives
If you are travelling to do different routes and trails, hiking is actually a great way to travel and see even more of the world. Although you may not need an excuse to travel more, hiking could be the perfect way to do it on a budget. With most nights covered by camping, hiking could be one of the most affordable ways of travel, especially if you’re going for a long period of time. For ideas of where you can hike, you can read this awesome blog post here.
– It’s An Incredibly Affordable Hobby
Although you need to purchase all of your equipment and clothing, hiking is actually pretty affordable. Most hikes you do won’t cost you anything to do, meaning in the long run you don’t have to spend a lot to continue your hobby. In the short term, hiking equipment like a walking cane, clothing and a backpack can also be affordable if you know where to look.
– It Can Be Done All Year Round
Whilst you need to take the weather into consideration, you can actually hike all year round. Not only does this mean you have to take long breaks from your hobby, but you can also experiment with how it feels to hike in different seasons.
Have you decided to take up hiking? What do you think you’ll enjoy most about the whole experience? Let me know in the comments section below.