Hiking As A Form of Exercise

Hiking is a natural exercise that promotes physical fitness. It is economical, convenient, and requires no special equipment. Because the hiker can walk as far as they want, there is no physical strain unless they walks among hills or mountains. In its most basic definition, Hiking is simply ‘Walking for recreational purposes’.

Hiking could be your average Sunday walk through the park or it could be a three-week expedition through the Andes mountain range. There are many words often used for hiking depending on the hiking conditions, hike length and terrain. Trekking, Backpacking, Bushwalking, Trailing and Mountaineering are just few of the terms that could be seen as hiking disciplines or variations. In their most basic forms, these activities all boil down to walking. If you are able to put one foot in front of the other then you are able to walk and hike.

At a more advanced level, hiking could be seen as a starting point for learning survival skills, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, navigation skills, and a variation of other outdoor techniques. A well-rounded and experienced hiker is an outdoor expert with the physical fitness level, knowledge, and mindset needed to deal with anything nature can throw on his/her trail.

When people think about hiking, they mostly think of nature, the great outdoors, moosejaw a backpack, and a tent. For most people, hiking is an escape back to nature and a great way to get a good workout while forgetting all about the day to day hassles of the city life.

By David Duma

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