Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Hiking in British Columbia will change your life

Next to having a family picnic down at the lake and roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, it's hard to imagine a more iconic camping activity than hiking, especially hiking in British Columbia: Marching single file across a grassy clearing wandering quietly in dappled shade among tall trees, and finally making it to the top of a challenging summit. The hike is often rewarding enough, but the benefits of hiking in British Columbia go far beyond good vistas.

Over the next few weeks I am going to share with you my top 5 reasons why you and your family should start Hiking right now.

Hiking: Its good for you Health

Hiking has a number of benefits, one of the most important being that it good for you health in a surprisingly large number of ways.

According to the American Hiking Society, hiking delivers a remarkable range of health benefits with comparatively few risks. By using hiking as a way to stay physically active, you can potentially lose weight, reduce heart disease, decrease hypertension, and slow the aging process. It also offers mental health benefits by reducing stress and anxiety.

categorized as an aerobic exercise, hiking can help improve:

Cardio respiratory fitness including heart, lungs and blood vessels

Muscle strength

Bone density (or slow its loss)

Sleep quality
Weight control. On average hiking burns up about 250 calories an hour—and people who lose weight through hiking or walking generally maintain that loss and continue to lose, while those who depend on diets tend to gain weight back.

Hiking through the forest can also help reduce your risk for:

Heart disease and stroke

High blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes

High cholesterol and triglycerides

Colon, breast, lung and endometrial cancers

Depression (if so afflicted)

Early death (studies have shown that someone who is active for seven hours a week has a 40 percent lower chance of dying early than someone active for less than 30 minutes a week.)

Negative effects of osteoporosis and arthritis
Tension and anxiety

In short, if you want to live longer and have a greater quality of life it's time to get walking!

Hiking in British Columbia in particular is not only incredibly good for you, you will get to see some of the most extraordinary places on earth!


About Unknown

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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