Walking miles and miles for no other reason than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and waterfalls, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. Yeah that’s what we call “Hiking”. And that’s what we hikers are proud of. The experience is powerful and fundamental.
It helps to increase fitness and hiking is easier to our ankles and knees compared to running. Hiking gives your body an overall workout. Especially it helps to work the lower body and if carrying a backpack it helps to strengthen the endurance of the upper body as well.
Main benefit of hiking is that working and interacting with the large hiking community, encourages you to engage with your workout as a lifestyle. You always meet new people.
It helps to increase the creativity of a person. According to a research, spending time outdoors increase human attention spans and creativity and problem solving skill up to 50%. Hiking & trekking trigger better sleep at night and make us more alert in class.
It seemed to me that after more than several hundreds of miles you can expect to undergo some personality changes. A heightened affinity for nature infiltrates your life a childlike zest for living life to the fullest. A refusal to be embarrassed about having fun. A renewed faith in the essential goodness of humankind. And determinations to repay others for the many kindnesses you have received.
Are you doing what makes you happy and what you love to do? As stressed undergraduates we should do something which makes us happy. Hiking is an additional therapy which can curb depression and it leads to a happy and active lifestyle.
Being with nature, allow people to connect with themselves and nature in a way that bring Greater inner peace, enhanced self-esteem, a quiet confidence that if I could do that, I can do and should do whatever I really want to do. More appreciation for what you have done and less desire to acquire what you don’t.
Tips to be a hiker
Start small. (as we did) we started with small hikes and gradually build up to longer ones.
There is no point of ignoring your backyard. You don’t need to be living an area having peaks or natural to start hiking, but by chance if you have any such place, that is a good start I would recommend.
Hiking is a bit like life. The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other… again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top, here’s where things grow. You climb the mountain in equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion
If your passion is hiking you can join with us at Mora Hiking Club. We are more than eager to share the unique experience of Tramping through forests, climbing rocks, passing streamlets to the top of a challenging summit. It's the call of the Mountains. It's our passion.