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Health and Benefits of Trekking

Health and Benefits of Trekking in Nepal

Most of us know the importance of exercise. However, in our increasingly busy lives it is important to prioritize the activities that give us the most significant health benefits. After a day sitting at an office desk, hitting the gym may seem less than desirable. Therefore, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of people are ditching the gym and hitting the trails to improve their health. Moreover, the great news is that just half an hour of walking or hiking can have a significant impact on your health.

Trekking in the mighty Himalayas or any mountainous region offers many benefits to our mind, body and soul: breathtaking scenic views and quiet and peaceful moments of self-reflection. Outdoor trekking and backpacking offers many health benefits that range from physical to mental and spiritual. There is something majestic and satisfying about nature, which provides a lot of confidence when you finally get into the habit of hiking in the lap of Mother Nature.

An important benefit of hiking is being under the sun. The sun is the best source of vitamin D. Listed below are 14 benefits that contribute to this.

1. Experience the rich flora and fauna

You can come across unusual birds, diverse wildlife, beautiful plants and trees with medicinal value that are rarely seen in crowded cities.

2. Strengthens the heart and lungs

You can get clean, fresh air that increases your respiratory system and lung capacity. The more fresh air you inhale, the more efficient your lungs are. The more blood the heart pumps, the healthier it is. Additionally, hiking with a backpack for long periods of time makes for a great cardiovascular workout, especially when you push yourself to a point when talking is difficult. Giving yourself a good workout not only strengthens your heart but also lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.

3. Improved fitness and weight loss

Many studies show that an extended period of daily backpacking between 6-8 hours transforms the body into an efficient fat-burning and testosterone-fueled machine. Hiking is walking up and down hills. Allowing time for recovery during uphill walking and downhill walking can bring the heart closer to target heart rate.

4. Perseverance and discipline

Attempting to reach a destination by walking long distances tests the patience and determination of a hiker. Trekkers must follow certain guidelines and remain disciplined in the mountains as mountains share risks. Walking can be a solo activity or a group; If trekking in a group, walking with a team requires engaging in teamwork. Helping each other while encouraging less experienced hikers adds to the fun of the trip.

5. Mental benefits

The mountains can provide an undeniable level of serenity that is rarely available in the hustle and bustle of the city. scenic view,

Breathtaking views, beautiful water bodies, snow-capped mountains and beautiful stars help to soothe the mind. Breathing in the fresh air and appreciating the breathtaking nature releases endorphins in our body, happy hormones that reduce stress levels and make us happy.

6. Long life

Research has shown that walking 8 km at a leisurely pace is enough to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure by a little over 30%. Eight kilometers are estimated at about 10,000 steps. You can monitor it on one of the many modern smart gadgets. Studies have also shown that being active is an important way to reduce the risk of cancer. Exercise lowers estrogen in your bloodstream, the main reason inactive women are less likely to develop breast cancer.

7. Improve your mood

Doctors encourage exercise such as walking to prevent worsening depression, and many clinical studies have shown that exercise improves depressive symptoms as well as anti-depressant medications. Additionally, trekking is a perfect mood booster because it combines the physical benefits of exercise with the added mental health of being in nature while socializing with other hikers on the trail.

A growing number of studies show a connection between mental health and the time people spend in nature. Additionally, some clinical studies have shown other benefits of spending extended periods at the heart: reduced stress and blood pressure, improved energy levels, and better sleep.

In an increasingly fast-paced society, increased emotional well-being and reduced stress are some of the incredible health benefits of trekking!

8. Strong and flexible bones

The agility and flexibility of the leg muscles increases as you walk up and down. Trekkers have better leg muscles and legs. Some trails include climbs of up to 1000 meters and similar descents, providing a great workout for the legs, core and arm muscles. Hiking with a reasonably heavy backpack can help increase your bone density.

It has been recorded that trekking has helped people with arthritis and back pain (you may need to adjust your backpack straps to avoid further damage). Hiking trails can be a mix of comfortable soft ground or rocky paths that can twist your legs, and you need to pay attention while hiking. Carrying the appropriate amount of weight helps give yourself a good workout and the best way to increase bone density. An added benefit of trekking is that it is a low-impact exercise, perfect for those with joint pain.

9) Improve your balance

Hiking in the mountains is a great way to strengthen your core and improve mental agility, which helps improve your balance. The irregular surface strengthens the small muscles that stabilize your feet and help you react quickly when you lose balance. These muscles are essential for proprioception – your body’s sixth sense, which helps you walk with better balance or prevent tripping. Unfortunately, this ‘sixth sense’ will decline like all muscles if we stop using them, especially as we age, increasing our risk of injury in old age.

10) Increase focus and productivity

It has been proven that a meagre ten minutes of movement can increase productivity and mental focus. It is good to go out and walk during the lunch break. One can improve your attention by reducing stress and increasing physical fitness by going on extended hikes during the weekend breaks. You will benefit from some of the best ideas when hiking on the lap of mother nature away from your work desk.

11. Experience local culture and local food

The trek can cover a vast area and includes passing through some remote villages. You can stay with locals in an increasing number of homestays, taste their local cuisine, and learn about their culture; These great experiences are only available to pedestrians as there are no roads to bring in large numbers of visitors.

12. Survival instincts

While trekking one can learn to sustain oneself with few resources. You may be pushed out of your comfort zone in unfamiliar territory, and conditions may turn sour without much warning, such as in the mountains – a test of your mental and physical abilities. It’s well-equipped to handle water, food, fire, wilderness first aid, and emergencies if you plan to hike in remote areas for extended periods of time. Be sure to notify friends and family of your planned route, the approximate places you plan to stay overnight, if you miss a turn or take the wrong trail.

13. Disconnect from technology

Once you reach the mountains you will be away from your laptops, perhaps cell phone networks, televisions, and many other distracting gadgets. The freedom of these gadgets can teach you to appreciate and reconnect with nature while being free from electronic devices. Trekking in nature is a great way to reconnect with yourself, self-discovery, and reflection.

14) Make new friends!

We all know how fun it is to meet like-minded people, but the bonus is the health benefits of making new friends. It has been proven that adults with wider social circles have lower blood pressure and live longer. And being with a group of like-minded people with common goals on hiking trips can increase one’s sense of purpose and purpose—a great way to boost your emotional well-being.

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  1. Ram Tamang

    Ram Tamang is the co-founder of AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. He was born and raised in Nepal and is a long-time veteran of many years of trekking and mountaineering in this Himalayan region.

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