Why You Should Take on a Long-Distance Hike

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Why do people work out? For some people, it’s to look better. Others want to feel better. But there’s another reason to get fit. It’s so you can take on challenges and go on adventures that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

When you regularly exercise, it’s best to build up a routine. Whether you go to the gym or work out at home, you stick to this routine and perhaps gradually build on it, constantly keeping that habit going. This is the best way to get fit and keep fit. However, another way to build your fitness and to put it into use is to take on a long-distance hike or some other big challenge. A bike ride or run will also work nicely.

Focused Training Motivates You

If you’re going to attempt a challenge like this, it forces you to train harder to meet your goal. Even if you’re relatively fit, it isn’t a good idea to jump into something that you’re not ready for. You need to plan for it and to train your endurance and strength.

If you’re in the habit of skipping leg day, then it’s time to switch things around. Squats, lunges, and leg extensions will build up the strength you need. While you’re focusing more on your legs, you shouldn’t neglect your arms and core. You’ll need good balance and posture, especially if you’re carrying a heavy backpack.

The best way to train your muscles for a long hike, bike ride, or run, is to go on shorter trips. This will give you a good measure of where you are fitness-wise and will build you up. Having a goal when training other than simply “to be fit” will give you more motivation to get moving.

Fresh Air & Nature

The biggest downside to working out in the gym or at home is that you’re inside all the time. Believe it or not, the outside world is good for you physically and mentally. For example, the sun provides vitamin D, which is used by the body in several ways.

As well as famously improving your mood, vitamin D is vitally important for good bone strength. It also helps your immune system, so that you can fight off any bugs that might interfere with your routine.

The Sense of Achievement

When you finish a good workout, your body releases endorphins and gives you a “rush”. You also have a sense of satisfaction; you’ve faced a challenge and you’ve beaten it. But how much more of a rush do you think you’d feel after successfully climbing a mountain?

A long-distance hike isn’t easy. You might face poor weather. You’ll be dirty, sweaty, and exhausted. Your feet will hurt. But then you get to the end and it doesn’t matter. Chances are that you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views, but the real reward is that achievement.

These long-distance treks are also great charity challenge ideas, as you don’t just feel the satisfaction of completing the challenge, but you’re also raising money for something that you care about.

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