5 Benefits of Hiking for Body & Mind | Homeopathy Store
Plus Natural & Homeopathic Remedies That’ll Keep You Safe & Healthy While You Do It!
Movement is a no-brainer if you are looking to get healthy, lose weight, or tune up for summer. Hiking is a type of exercise that can be planned according to your skill level and that keeps your body, mind, and spirit balanced. It is an incredible way to reduce stress and anxiety, build strong muscles in your legs and core, connect with yourself and others, and much more. We have identified 5 key health benefits of hiking — to inspire you to explore the outdoors this summer — and prepared an essential guide to natural and homeopathic remedies that will make your hiking season easier and even more rewarding.
1. Stress Reduction
With lengthy to do lists and an abundance of responsibilities, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of everyday life and forget to take care of yourself. Remember that moving is a great and effective way to blow off steam. Hiking raises levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that can balance how the brain responds to stressful situations.
Even if you don’t feel like lacing up your sneakers on a weekend morning, think of how great you will feel as soon as you get out in the open air and even more so after. The only work out you will regret, is the one you don’t do! Consider planning a hike ahead of time so you have something to look forward to and an outlet to relieve stress.
2. Mood Booster
Endorphins, also known as “happy chemicals,” are released during exercise. It is recommended that people suffering from anxiety or depression should make exercise a priority. Studies have shown that exercise can lessen symptoms among the clinically depressed. Even a brisk walk several times a week can boost your overall mood and bring happiness into your life.
3. Mindfulness Practice
Modern day life can take a toll on us and disconnect us from our true selves and the natural rhythm of life. Simply being in nature is a way to connect with yourself and the world around you. Experiencing the outdoors reduces fear and anger and ignites peacefulness. Fresh air, trees, and everything in between reminds us of our inner peace and the beauty of life. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, balancing heart rate, and decreasing muscle tension.
4. Creates New Brain Cells
Depending on your trail, hiking can be a moderate to challenging workout. Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells and improves overall brain performance. It has even been suggested that a good workout increases the amount of BDNF, a brain-derived protein. BDNF is believed to help focus, concentrate, and store information.
5. Helps You Get Better-Quality Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Studies show that long-term moderate aerobic exercise like hiking can significantly enhance the nature of your sleep and quality of life in individuals with insomnia. Hiking will leave you feeling tired, which will in turn increase your chances of getting high-quality sleep.
Homeopathic and Natural Remedies for your Hiking Adventure
Being in nature has many benefits. But there are a few preparations you don't want to miss to get the most out of your exercise and adventure.
Natural Tick Bite Remedies
When planning ahead for the outdoor season, consider using Tick Bite Balance I, a natural remedy taken once a week during spring and summer to help protect yourself, your family, and pets from tick-born diseases.
It is also available as Tick Bite Balance II, a fortified formula, recommended as quickly as possible after a tick bite has occurred. Both remedies can be purchased as a bundle, called Tick Bite Balance I & II Combo. The Combo is ideal for hikers and helps save $2.
Read more about natural tick prevention tips.
Arnica — #1 Muscle Pain Relief
Arnica Relief Cream
Hiking can take some time for our bodies to get used to. Arnica Montana is the best known homeopathic remedy in the world and helps relieve muscle and joint pain, swelling, and bruising after exercise or injury. Take a dose as you start out on your hike, in the middle of your hike, and when you finish. Arnica is also prepared as Arnica Relief Cream to apply topically on sore muscles and bruises.
Joints & Muscles Cream by World-Renowned Homeopath Miranda Castro
Miranda Castro's Joints & Muscles Cream
Miranda Castro’s Joints & Muscles Cream is the rolls-royce of muscle creams. It blends Arnica with 5 other homeopathic pain and inflammation remedies for optimal relief for tired muscles and aching joints. Highly recommended by natural health practitioners and completely worth it!
Bug Bite Relief Gel by Miranda Castro
Miranda Castro's Bug Bite Relief
Miranda Castro’s Bug Bite Relief Gel is Miranda’s newest non-toxic topical, gaining praise for its fast action and soothing relief. It helps to stop the itching after insect bites and for your skin to recover beautifully after a day in the open air.
Other Essentials to Bring on a Summer Hike?
- Plenty of water
- Healthy snacks
- Hiking map
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