I am lucky to have a pretty nice exercise routine that I follow every week. Even though I love my routine I always end up exercising indoors. Once the weather is nicer and summer approaches I get the urge to gets some of my workouts done outside.
Since it is harder to get out of the house to workout outside during weekdays we take advantage of the weekends and we often go explore different parks in our city. We go hiking and enjoy the fresh air with our two boys, discovering new beautiful places together.
Below are some of the top health benefits of family hiking, there are so many great reason to get outside
- Improved cardio-vascular health for everyone: Hiking is a fantastic way to get some exercise without being stuck at the gym. You can hike at your own level and plan a location and difficulty level that suits everyone. Hiking is safe and fun for the boys and it helps burn energy in a healthy way. You will also be burning a ton of calories without even thinking about it!
- Getting your Daily Dose of Vitamin D: Vitamin D is very important for all of us to keep our muscles and bones strong. The best source of vitamin D is the sun and just 10 minutes of sunshine will help you maintain a healthy level of vitamin D. A mix of fresh air and sun is the best for our family.
- Makes you Happy: This is a great one. Have you ever felt overwhelmed or stressed and closed your eyes to think about a peaceful gorgeous location? Well, hiking can make you happier, being outdoors and experiencing the beautiful views can help elevate your mood. A great way to get rid of stress and spend quality family time.
There are many more benefits of hiking as a family, after a hike we all sleep better at night and our fitness levels are also improving every week. Taking hikes can also help increase your bone density and fight arthritis and osteoporosis! Hiking can happen all year long as well, you can hike during the winter, we’ve had some pretty magical hikes on the snow as well.
We are always looking for new places to explore. Any local places you can recommend for family hikes? Please share your favourites in the comments below.