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The summer heat, the upcoming vacation season, and the social life that increases during these months make it more difficult to follow our usual sports routine. For this reason, a good alternative is to join hiking, which can consist of playful and social activity in the open air while supplementing other types of sports.
In addition, going on an excursion not only burns calories and improves physical condition, but also brings numerous benefits to our well-being:
1. IMPROVE YOUR MOOD
Just 30 minutes of walking can help stimulate chemicals in the brain and help you feel more relaxed and happy. Long-term hiking also contributes to increased muscle strength and endurance, which improves mood and increases your daily energy.
2. REDUCE DEPRESSION
The endorphins that are released during a walk cause feelings of happiness and even euphoria, helping to control levels of depression.
3. CALM ANXIETY
The same chemicals released during exercise that help improve mood and treat depression can also work wonders for people with anxiety problems. And is that, regular exercise reduces tension, improves the quality of sleep and mood.
4. INCREASE SELF-ESTEEM
Hiking increases self-confidence, self-esteem, and satisfaction with life as it is a healthy activity in which you also participate on a social level.
5. IMPROVE TREATMENT RESULTS
For people suffering from addictions, activities such as hiking can improve overall treatment results. The brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which replaces the sensations produced by alcohol and drugs. In addition, hiking helps people with addictions to fall asleep and regain quality of life.