Friday, March 13, 2020

Hike for Your Health

Hiking is good for the soul

The Coronavirus panic is gripping Americans with fear--fear for their health and safety. Obviously, I have no cure for COVID-19, nor any sure-fire way to prevent you from getting it. However, I can tell you that one of the best ways to promote your health (and immune system) is staying active. My favorite way to stay active is hiking. Unfortunately, many healthy people are going to hurt their health with increased anxiety over COVID-19. In short, while the world is falling apart around you, don't let fear and panic about the Coronavirus hurt your mental (and eventually your physical) health. I want to encourage everyone reading this blog to get outside and hit the hiking trails: Hike for your health!

Your Body is Built for Walking

One of my favorite physical fitness quotes is, "Your body is built for walking." I love this quote because it's so true. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. First, it's much easier on your joints than jogging/running. Secondly, it gives your heart a good, healthy workout (without overdoing it). Plus, you don't have have an expensive gym membership - or any gym membership - to walk lol.

You can literally walk almost anywhere. Furthermore, you can easily add steps in many parts of your daily routine. For example, when you go shopping, instead of fighting for a parking spot close the store's entrance, park farther away to walk more. If you are really serious about walking more in your daily life, download a step-counter app to track how many steps you walk each day.

Hiking is Good for the Soul 

I consider hiking taking things to the next level from walking. If you have been out in public recently - especially to the store - you know just how hectic and chaotic things are getting. I felt like everyone is filled with paranoia and anger at the store. Therefore, I think the best solution to that is to get away from people for awhile. My favorite way to get away from others is by hitting the hiking trails. Walking/hiking is a great way to clear your head from all the distractions of life. Plus, you will be reminded of how beautiful nature truly is - and how easy it's for us to forget that in our busy lives.

Aside from actually getting the Coronavirus, the biggest health risk is anxiety from fearing the illness. Anxiety can hurt your mental and even your physical health. If you let your physical and mental health suffer, it will make you more susceptible to illnesses in general.

Hiking Promotes Good Health and Physical Fitness

The best way to fight an illness is to be as healthy as you can when you catch it. I believe that most people reading this blog will not be infected with the Coronavirus. However, if you are worried about getting COVID-19, make sure that you are living a healthy and active lifestyle. Hiking is my favorite form of exercise. It makes me feel physically and mentally healthy. Living an active lifestyle boosts your immune health and conditions your body to fight off illnesses. If you don't believe me, take a look at those who are often sick with colds. Many of them - especially if they are younger - have sedentary lifestyles. They need more exercise in their life. Hiking (or even just walking) is a simple form of exercise that goes a long way.

Statistically, you are far more likely to get a seasonal cold or flu. Therefore, you want your body to be in tip-top condition to fight off any kind of illness that you may catch. Please make a commitment to walk/hike more after reading this blog post!

My Coronavirus Health Tips

There is a lot we don't know about COVID-19. However, that doesn't mean you have to completely shutdown your life. If you are healthy, you can continue living a regular life as long as you take some simple precautions:
  • Regularly Wash Your Hands
  • Cover Your Face When You Sneeze or Cough 
  • Stay Home if You Feel Sick
  • Eat a Healthy Diet
  • Live an Active Lifestyle
  • Don't Become Stir Crazy at Home
Come on people, you learned this in kindergarten: Wash your hands to kill/prevent he spread of germs. Washing your hands won't only limit the spread of the Coronavirus, but it will limit the spread of nearly all communicable diseases.

In addition to washing your hands, you should always cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Coughing and sneezing is how you (primarily) transmit germs to other people. Therefore, don't do that!

If you are feeling ill, chances are you don't (likely) have the Coronavirus. However, it's still a good idea to stay home so you don't make others sick with whatever it's you have. 

Coronavirus or not, eating healthy is always a good idea to promote good health. Make sure that you are getting good nutrition from well-balanced meals. I also recommend taking a daily multivitamin that contains all the essential minerals and vitamins that you need to stay healthy.

One of the best ways to help your body fight off any illness is by living an active lifestyle. People who are couch potatoes are at higher risk of getting sick. You don't have to signup for a triathlon. However, you should get some regular exercise. If you are familiar with my blog - and have read this post lol - you know that I am a big fan of hiking for exercise. However, even if you can't hit the hiking trail, you can still take walks.

Lastly, many people are staying home because they fear getting the Coronavirus. I am not but I respect everyone's right to do the best for their personal health and safety. However, if you stop going out, you will (likely) become stir crazy after awhile. Getting stir crazy from staying home will be bad for your mental health. Therefore, instead of staying home all the time, I think you are better off being selective about where you go.

In short, don't let the media hysteria drive you crazy. You need to protect your mental health just as much as your physical health. I think hiking is an easy way to tune out the craziness of the world while you are out on the trails. Take time to enjoy nature and being away from others. My goal when starting this blog was to introduce others to hiking and enjoying the outdoors. If you can't make it to any hiking trails, at least do some walking. Even a couple laps around the block everyday will help.

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