Hiking Helps – It’s a Fact!
There are many benefits to taking a relaxing walk with us lot, just have a look at what you could gain from joining us for a ramble.
Hit the Reset Button
Most of our walkers spend their days during the week working inside; either in schools, offices or in retail complexes.
During the 40 or so hours that our members spend working each week, they might well be paying the bills but they’re also missing out on valuable fresh air and mental stimulus. Our walkers are always in a good mood after finishing a ramble – no matter what the length. Spending four or five hours out in the fresh air, surrounded by challenging environments, they often find the experience is akin to pressing a reset button on their head, making the working week ahead less of a challenge.
Walk At Your Own Pace
It’s never a race with us here at Aberdeen Rambling Walkers.
Each and every one of our walks, rambles or hikes are suitable for everyone. You’re always free to walk at whatever pace that you’re most comfortable with, whether that’s a brisk stroll or a more languorous wander. Although high impact, high-intensity exercise might be all the rage at the moment, we don’t hold with that belief here. Hiking is all about taking the time to enjoy your surrounding, having a nice chat and taking regular tea breaks – or at least that’s what we think!
As much as we like to take our time when we go for our hikes that doesn’t mean that we don’t exert ourselves.
The routes that we plan always involve a decent variety of terrain, so it doesn’t matter how fast you go, you’ll always be getting a decent workout when you walk with us. Physiologically speaking you’ll benefit from a thorough workout of your glutes, hamstrings and quads – but you’ll also be getting a gentle cardiovascular workout at the same time. It’s safe to say that after 5 hours of hiking, you’ll definitely feel the burn!
Boost Your Mood
When you hike with the Aberdeen Rambling Walkers you’re always bound to leave with a big grin on your face.
No wonder really, when you consider that just by taking part in regular cardio has been proven to improve mood and increase levels of happiness. The endorphins that the body produces after just a few hours of activity send impulses to the brain to release chemicals that make us happy. Of course, there are other reasons why you might be smiling, you might have made a new friend or you could simply feel a sense of achievement of completing a long walk.