On Monday, we took the boys on a wonderful hike at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, I love taking my sons hiking because hiking is easy to adjust for any fitness level. However both my boys are very athletic and play football, lacrosse, and basketball. They love the outdoors and being active! Outdoor hiking is good for the mind and body and our locale definitely delivered a great experience. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is known for it’s great for bird-watching. We only saw turkey vultures but will be back soon to see more birds of prey! We hiked almost three miles and scrambled quite a bit. I definitely felt some muscle soreness the next day. All in all a great workout!
Hiking is a great From Fitday.com:
As hiking puts pressure on your bones, it encourages healthy bone structure and reduces the chances of osteoporosis. Being exposed to sunshine will also increase your levels of vitamin D. Hiking is a cardiovascular activity, depending on how hard you push yourself during a hike, and thus has benefits for your cardiovascular system, such as reducing the chances of heart disease, and increasing your overall fitness. Hiking is excellent for muscle tone, particularly cross country hiking, as your body and legs have to compensate for the rough terrain by working harder. Hiking is a wonderful activity that is easy to start and continue, due to its varied and customizable nature. Outdoor hiking can help you to lose weight, clear and ease your mind and build a healthier body.
What I love are the many benefits for kids that hike. As per Good Hiker, kids get many of the same benefits, including:
- Improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness
- Better bone health
- Less chance of becoming overweight
- Less chance of developing risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Possibly reduced risk of depression and feeling less stress, more ready to learn in school
- Sleeping better at night