In a society that often praises overwhelming schedules, long work hours and lack of sleep, it is time to take a step back and recharge. The benefits of hiking are endless. Aside from the potential of a weather disaster (always check the forecast beforehand), there are far more advantages than disadvantages when it comes to escaping into nature and taking a hike.
I can’t go hiking because . . .
Stop right there. There is really no good reason not to get outside and do a little exploring. Even for those in a wheelchair, there are numerous paved paths in virtually every town. One of the biggest excuses for not hiking is injury or soreness. The most common complaints involve knee, back, ankle or foot conditions.
The fastest natural solution is Receptra’s CBD Targeted Topical . Applying the product topically provides almost immediate relief for most users and can get you back on the trail in no time! More on that later . . .
Benefits of Hiking
1. Cardio Challenge
Why run in place on a treadmill or pedal on a stationary bike when you could be enjoying the great outdoors. Hikes that have an uphill component can be especially challenging and help to get that heart rate up. Getting your heart rate up can help keep your heart healthy and lead to calorie burn and weight loss.
2. Core Stability
Trekking over uneven terrain on the trail forces your stabilization muscles to kick in even if you don’t know its happening. Rocks, streams, tree roots and foliage can pose challenges that require balance and focus. The stabilizing muscles in your core keep you from tipping over, as does the contraction of muscles in the feet and legs. This also adds to the adventure!
3. Reduce Stress
Nature provides a much-needed break from all the stresses and distractions associated with being indoors. Spending time in the sun supplies the body with natural vitamin D, which is essential for optimal health. Getting outside in the sunlight also helps to keep natural sleep rhythms in check and boosts endorphins.
4. Increase Attention Span and Productivity
A 2015 study done conducted by the University of Melbourne demonstrated that those who took breaks to look at nature rather than a computer screen were more attentive, creative and had better problem-solving skills. Using nature walks and natural settings have had many positive results on focus and concentration according to the Journal of Attention Disorders. Could hiking make you more successful at work? It sure sounds like it.
5. Muscle Tone and Bone Density
Hiking strengthens your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves along with muscles in the hips. Because hiking is a weight-bearing exercise it can also increase bone density or slow loss of bone density. If your own body weight is not enough of a challenge, adding a backpack with a water can or other hiking supplies can make a difference while also giving your back and shoulders a workout.
Hike with CBD
As explained earlier, Receptra’s CBD Targeted Topical can provide fast relief for some of the aches you may experience on the trail. The endocannabinoid receptors right underneath the skin interact with the CBD and other cannabinoids in the product, to keep you moving. It is also easy to stick in your backpack or pocket and can be re-applied as often as needed.
Topical CBD is not the only thing that can make your hiking experience more enjoyable. Receptra CBD oil drops, taken sublingually can improve your hike from the inside out for several reasons:
- CBD oil has an abundance of antioxidants to combat exercise-induced inflammation
- Promotes a sense of relaxation
- Interacts with receptors to achieve homeostasis (balance in the body)
Get out there!
Now that you understand how great hiking can be and how few excuses there are, get off the couch or walk away from your desk. Lace up your shoes and go take a hike!
“Nature is effortlessly fascinating. It captures your attention without having to consciously focus on it.” – Katie Lee, University of Melbourne Researcher