As autumn approaches with soothing and calming temperatures, many of us look forward to opportunities for vigorous cardio activities that we’ve put aside because of the sometimes unbearable heat of the summer. It’s much easier to hike in the spring and fall, even in the peak afternoon hours, because the sun is not as intense.
Hiking is a lot of fun and a wonderful form of exercise for the entire family. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that regular hiking has on your body.
Hiking combines both cardiorespiratory and strength training activities. Hiking trains not only your heart and lungs, but also the large muscle groups of your legs, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and the gastrocnemius/soleus muscles of your calves.