Take a Hike!

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Since moving back to the hill country of middle-Tennessee almost three years ago, hiking has become a favorite activity. The ability to get away from the busyness of life and take a walk in the woods carries several positive benefits.  Here are five reasons why you should consider “taking a hike” on a regular basis:

Physical exercise.  

Let’s face it, some guys just aren’t fans of cardio.  You’d rather suffer a dull stick to the eye than pound the pavement for a three-mile run, or even worse, a marathon. But hiking can be just as effective as going for a run, and you don’t have to feel as if you’re going to die in the process.

Low cost.  

Is it possible to spend a lot of money on hiking equipment? Sure.  But there is actually zero cost to get started.  A decent pair of running shoes that you already own is more than sufficient for a leisurely hike at a local park.  

Flexibility.  

The commitment needed to take a hike ranges from a short 30 minutes on your lunch break to a mammoth 4-6 months hiking through on the Appalachian Trail, and everywhere in between.

Reconnect.  

Guys, there is something hard-wired into us that responds positively when we get into the woods and away from the concrete jungle where most of us live.  It’s like hitting the reset button of your soul.  The Bible declares that God reveals Himself to us through what He has created, and in light of this, one of the greatest places to reconnect with God is by spending time in nature.  When you’re away from the distraction of your everyday experience, it leaves room for deep thinking.  Obviously this only applies for the times when you aren’t hiking with your family.  Turn off the phone or at least turn on the “do not disturb” function.  In this distraction free zone, where your blood is pumping, you’ll find you think more clearly.

Adventure.  

You are made for adventure.  There are so many trails out there that you can explore.  New areas to see.  I’ve been shocked by places I have discovered that many of my friends who live in the same region have never even heard of.  These are “hidden gems” that either provide breathtaking scenery or historic significance.  To explore trails in your area, I suggest downloading the “All Trails” app.  Download the app here!


So there you have it.  Five reasons to give hiking a try.  Here’s the challenge: commit to taking a hike this week, see if these five reasons are true for you, and then come back to this post and leave a comment about your experience. If you’re already a hiker and would like to add your reasons why hiking is awesome to this list, feel free to comment below.