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Benefits of Hiking

Benefits of Hiking

By Michelle Pepino, Library Aide, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Still on the fence about hiking? Learn more about how hitting the trails can be good for you!

Improves Mood, Mental and Emotional Health
Spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health and emotional well-being, according to the American Psychology Association.

Builds Strong Muscles and Bones
In addition to building stronger muscles and bones, the National Park Service also reports that hiking “improves your sense of balance, heart health, and lowers your risk of respiratory problems.” It doesn’t matter what trail level you experience, it’s one of the best ways to complete a whole-body workout.

Reduces the Risk of Several Health Issues
The American Hiking Society reminds us that “hiking is more than just fun. It’s good for you, too!” Hiking is a great way to decrease your risk of having heart disease,
hypertension, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, osteoporosis and arthritis.

Strengthens Relationships
Hiking any of the Virginia State Parks can be accomplished alone or with family and friends. There are various hiking trail levels available, and overcoming
each of their challenges with a companion can bring you closer while building healthier relationships.

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