In April of 2017, Daniel White of Charlotte NC, Aka the rapper known as Logo, was dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park to embark on a two-month section hike that would inevitably turn into a complete thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He would become, as it says in his YouTube video series, “The first gold-mouth rapper/hiker on the Appalachian Trail.” The majority of this story is obtained through the watching of his videos.
~~Benefits of Hiking
What are the Benefits of Hiking?
If you feel that there are no health benefits of hiking, I am sorry to say that you are wrong. Physical benefits of hiking are plenty, provided you carry on this activity on a regular basis. A small hiking tip - wear good hiking shoes to avoid accidents. The following paragraphs will discuss the exercise benefits of hiking. Let us look into these benefits in more detail.
Weight loss is the first and the most wonderful of all the benefits of hiking. With the trail climbing up and down the hill, you burn a lot of calories while hiking. When combined with a balanced and healthy diet, you benefit with healthy weight loss and a lean body.
The lower body tones itself fantastically when you hike on a regular basis. Trails where there is some elevation, are the best to serve the purpose as they act as muscle toning workouts. For the muscles to tone further and for you to increase your strength, you could carry some weight on your back. If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you start off with flat land first, followed by small hills and later on progressing to difficult hills.
Hiking is not tough. This form of exercise can be taken up by anyone at any age. Initially, a flat terrain can be selected according to your age. Those, who have considerable amount of experience and those with age on their side, can proceed quickly to more complicated trails. Those with arthritis and joint pains can also benefit from hiking as the leg muscles are strengthened.
Prevention of Heart Diseases
Due to the regular pumping of blood and the increase in the blood circulation in the body, one of the health benefits of hiking, is the prevention of heart diseases. The fat is burned better and the level of the good cholesterol, HDL, increases in the body. This assists in keeping the body healthy. The arteries get dilated, thereby reducing the pressure on the heart and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Decreasing the Blood Pressure
One of the important benefits of hiking, is the reduction in blood pressure. The blood vessels and the arteries, dilate and the insulin production reduces, thereby reducing the blood pressure. Thus, reduction in the blood pressure in people who suffer from hypertension, is one of the important health benefits of hiking.
Slow Down Aging Process
Now, this benefit will surely catch your eye. It has been proved that people who exercise regularly age slowly. It has been found out that the immune system of such people ages slowly and the other signs of aging are also delayed. In fact, inactivity increases the process of aging and hence, some amount of regular exercise is very important in each one's life.
Each one of us is under stress in one way or the other. Some of us eat a lot when we are under pressure, while there are some who cannot eat at all due to loss of appetite. As both these conditions are undesirable and unhealthy, getting rid of the pressure is important. Hiking plays a good role here as it acts as a wonderful stress buster. Getting up early in the morning and going for a nice hike all by yourself, gives you time to think and also helps you to de-stress. Not only the nature around you freshens you up, you get the possible solutions to your problems. This, in turn, means that your appetite will become normal, thus, helping you to remain fit.
Other Health Benefits
The other health benefits of hiking include the controlling of diabetes and improving osteoporosis in people who suffer from these diseases. The immune system also improves due to the fresh air that we breath and this helps in reducing other problems like flu, cold and sinus. People with persistent back pain can also find relief due to this activities. However, it is recommended that people with all these above problems should consult their doctors before starting off with this activity.
Unlike the gym, hiking is an outdoor activity, being a fat burning exercise, at the same time. The fresh air in the morning, the fresh sunrays of the morning, and the peace helps to liven up the mood and increase the freshness in a person. Couple hiking with balanced diet and see the wonderful change in you. These other benefits of hiking and trails are also important as you experience a change in the way you feel. I hope this article has been informative about the benefits of hiking. I am ready to experience these health benefits of hiking right away. Are you? www.WeLoveExploring.com
Why traveling with #WeLoveExploring works for introverts Written by Anna Brech
Being “on form” is something that I quietly dread. I’m not exactly shy – on those ridiculous extrovert-introvert scales that are churned out now and again, I fall squarely in the middle – but nevertheless, the idea of banter is enough to bring me out in a cold sweat. I don’t want to perform, or be pulled into a subtly competitive scenario where everyone is trying to outdo each other with their shining wit (jokes are part of the problem… what if you don’t laugh in the right place?). And I like meeting strangers, but only on the proviso that I have an escape route. Otherwise the pressure gets too much.
So, I fully understand how the concept of a group tour might be a turn-off for introverts. Here you are, stuck making conversation with people you don’t know every night for two weeks. You’re in the depths of Costa Rica countryside, so pulling a Houdini – my favorite party trick – is out of the question. Worst case, you’ll be surrounded by luminous, guffawing characters with whom you have absolutely nothing in common. You’ll feel awkward and ill-at-ease, and the whole thing will be less of a holiday and more of a paid-for ordeal.
Only #WeLoveExploring isn’t like that. Our small group adventures are versatile enough to accommodate all manner of people, whether you’re a perennial social bee or someone who craves their own space. Here’s why:
THE ADVENTURE DOES THE TALKING
For us, travel is about the thrill of the challenge. We’re not Bear Grylls but equally we’re not going to lie around by the pool for a fortnight. We want you to come away from our trips feeling sated and alive, like you’ve stretched yourself.
The point is, when your days are overflowing with epic experiences, the pressure to chit-chat is off. You won’t struggle to think of what to say to your fellow Travelers, because you’ll be too busy trying to work up the courage to bridge swing above the River. Lulls in the conversation won’t be a thing when you’re on a black sand beach.
INTIMACY COMES NATURALLY
Simultaneously, these standout activities lend a natural bonding point for our groups. Forget forced banter or manifested hilarity. Life-altering moments have the uncanny knack of weaving genuine and indelible connections between our Groups. You’ll be drawn closer without even realizing it as, together.
YOU’RE TREATED AS AN INDIVIDUAL
In her smash hit Ted talk, The Power of Introverts, American writer Susan Cain recalls how, as a child at summer camp, she was told to stop reading books because it was anti-social and didn’t foster camp spirit. At #WeLoveExploring we categorically disagrees with this approach. Our groups are typically made up of not only of a.) grown-ups but also b.) independent solo travellers. People who know what they like, and are curious to discover new places. Our small formats (10 at the max) provide a framework for security, logistics and moral support as you do this. But rest assured, we’re not going to make you hold hands, wear hats or sing group songs.
While all of our trips feature relaxed opportunities to get to know your fellow travelers – over or a – we also schedule in time for you to spend by yourself (if you wish); whether that’s reading a book, exploring the local town or hitting the beach alone. We trust you to do what you want to do, and we’ll take care of the rest. For introverts, the beauty of this is that you have room to be who you want to be. You can hang out with the group, or you can take some alone time. There’s no overpowering group culture that’s foisted upon you. Some members form lasting friendships, others simply enjoy hanging out together on the trip. The choice is yours, and the pressure is off.