The Benefits of Hiking for Body & Mind
Plus Natural Products 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 tone up for summer. Exploring different ways to exercise is critical to keeping your body, mind, and spirit healthy and balanced. It’s easy to put exercising on the back burner or to not stick with it for long. Stress or boredom with one type of exercise kicks in fast, and many people quit before they can see or feel the true benefits. If you fall under the category of feeling bored with exercising or needing a different kind of physical activity, consider hiking!
Depending on your lifestyle and location — the options can be endless. From parks to hills, to traveling to hiking destinations, it’s an activity that combines exercise, meditation, nature, and fun. Hiking is an incredible way to reduce stress and anxiety, connect with yourself and others, build and retain strong muscles in your legs and core, improve your heart rate, mood, and brain performance, and help you get high-quality sleep.
1. Stress Reduction
Do you consider yourself stressed? With lengthy to do lists and too many 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. Now if that’s not motivation to get you moving, what is! 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 really 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. Being in nature and experiencing the outdoors reduces fear and anger and ignites happiness. The fresh air, the trees, and everything in between reminds you of your 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 tough workout. Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance. Studies suggest that a tough 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 Remedy
Tick Bite Balance I
Tick Bite Balance I & II Combo
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 and your pets from tick-born diseases. It is also available as a Combo, bundled with Tick Bite Balance II, a fortified version of Tick Bite Balance I recommended after a tick bite has occurred. The Combo is ideal for hikers and sells for $2 less than if bought separately.
Read more about natural tick prevention tips.
Arnica — #1 Muscle Pain Relief
Arnica Montana 30C
Arnica Relief Cream
Hiking can take some time for your body to get used to. Arnica Montana is the best known homeopathic remedy in the world and helps relieve muscle and joint point, 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 available in form of a must-have Arnica Relief Cream to apply topically on sore muscles and bruises.
Joints & Muscles Cream by Esteemed 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 and for your skin to recover beautifully after a day in the open air.
Please note: Product descriptions grounded in homeopathic and natural healing practices. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.