I am the first to admit, I have continually struggled to motivate myself to workout until I began hiking. Getting out into nature was almost a way of tricking myself into routine physical activity. Gaining strength is only the baseline of the benefits from hiking. The physical benefits go deeper than the surface.
Getting out into nature allows different and beneficial bacteria into your gut's microbiome. This diversity supports your microbial health and helps boost your immune system. Personally, it has been nine months since I have been ill, six of which I have been hiking at least once a week.
Starting from zero, I definitely take breaks when hiking on an incline. During those times, I take a moment to stretch, hydrate and take a mindful break in the forest. This practice is known to have incredibly positive effects on your wellness, such as optimizing your metabolism.
Hiking has quickly climbed to the top of my list of favorite pastimes and activities. Hope to see you out on the trails!