Health. Hiking is a great cardio exercise that helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, and can even lower blood pressure levels. It strengthens muscles by working your shoulders, strengthening your core and improving your balance. You can burn up to 370 calories in an hour hike, and its a great alternative to any boring treadmill.
Mental. It is said that hiking helps boost your mood and reduces stress. Hiking offers a unique way to take in and appreciate nature while exercising at the same time. Many say hiking sticks are better exercise tools than treadmills. A 20 minute hike per day can help reduce stress and make you an all around happier person.