When I first went on the Bruce Trail with dad, I was just a small boy. It was a drag, I thought. My real desire was to hang out with friends and play soccer in my backyard. Hiking was not something I expected to enjoy. I believed hiking would be boring. It was not going to be fun. I was wrong.
When I urge my friends to go on a hike as adults, they make the same comments that I did when I was a boy: too boring, too difficult, no fun. They won’t know until they try it.
Hiking is not a one-size fits all. There are no rules. There is a lot of flexibility. These are five reasons I believe you will love hiking once you start.
It can be as easy as you want
My father would have taken me on a 90-kilometer, three-day hike to get me started. I wouldn’t be here today. A three-day hike might be something you desire, but it is possible to simply walk down to the park in a pair of walking boots. You can choose to take on more difficult hikes. You don’t have to do it all. No one is keeping score.
There are many health benefits
Hiking is an exercise, even though it may scare you. You can expect some health benefits, just like with any other exercise. One of my urbanites friends and I spent a few hours hiking the Edmonton river valley. She said she felt relieved from the stress she had experienced in her work life. Hiking can be a great stress buster. You can enjoy hiking for its many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and improved sleep, weight loss, and lower bloodpressure.
Hiking can be as inexpensive as you want
You don’t have to pay for a gym membership if you find the price of hiking too expensive. To get started, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive gear. You probably have most of the gear you need to take a short hike. Your destination may be just a short hop or skip away. If you have money ….
Hiking can be as social as you want
While many hike alone to experience the meditative benefits, it is possible to go with friends to hike the trails. If none of your friends are keen to hike, you can add them to your friend list. Many people share a passion for hiking. You can find a local hiking club or meetup.com to find a group of hiking enthusiasts in your area.
You’ll See It in a New Way
Hiking is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. There’s plenty to see while driving. But, when you slow down and walk, it becomes blurred. You will see a lot more of the world. The trees, the bark texture, and the colours of the leaves will all be obvious to you. Hiking is a great way to relax and make things seem more beautiful. You can have a completely new experience.
It is my hope that you will find hiking as fun as I did when I was a boy. You’ll love what hiking can do to your health and well-being.