Everybody wants to lead a healthy life and after 65 if you still feel that you can go on hiking trips that you had missed during your working days go ahead. Many people will suggest that hiking will be too much for your health, but do not believe that if you lead an active life. There are many health benefits of hiking and you can surely relish those apart from enjoying the beauty of nature.
Positive health effects of hiking
There are many health benefits of hiking for the seniors. Apart from the health benefit hiking let you get surrounded by nature. You can enjoy outdoors and walking during the hiking trips are easy on your joints too! Certain benefits that you can get after hiking trips are
- Your cardiovascular health will improve
- The blood circulation will improve
- Any problem with knee or joint pain will seem less
- The bone density increases that improves the bone health as well as reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
- Muscles becomes stronger
- The feeling of being alone or isolated reduces and thus get less depressed
- Cognitive functions increases.
- Can score better at any memory tests.
You can get these benefits only when you are on the right trail. The trail should be good enough for your health condition.
Finding the right trail
There are different kinds of hiking trails and while some are simpler some have high difficulty level. Thus, you need to find the right trail before you start hiking. Before you start regular hiking you should start with a short and flat trail. Once you find yourself comfortable in it you can increase the intensity as well as the length gradually.
Before starting if you have doubts about the trail then you can discuss about it with others who have successfully completed it. It will make you confidence about your trip and you will find it enjoyable. Getting tenses while hiking will do no benefit to your health neither can you enjoy the beauty of nature!
Preparation tips for seniors
While you plan to go for hiking it is necessary that you get prepared. Here are few useful tips
- The walking boots should be comfortable.
- Carry enough water bottles with you and stay hydrated during the whole trail.
- There may be changes in weather and thus wear in layers for that.
- Carry the map of the trail along with you.
- Get yourself protected from direct sun. Carry a hat, apply sunscreen and wear sun glasses.
- Carry your first aid kit along with you. If you are on regular medicines do not forget to carry that along.