Fall is a beautiful and perfect season for enjoying the cool crisp air, warm drinks, the foliage and the upcoming holiday season. One way many choose to take advantage of the fall is by hiking, whether it’s a short trail or a long expedition over many months. Hiking is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and all you need to do is walk at your own pace. Plus, there are many health benefits for you!

Health benefits:

  1. Heart health – Like any regular exercise, hiking keeps your heart healthy and can prevent many heart-related diseases that often shortens lives.
  2. Reduce risk of diabetes – Diabetes is a common condition that is on the rise in recent years. Walking can help reduce chances of developing diabetes, and even reverse it along with proper diet and weight loss.
  3. Lowers blood pressure – Nearly a third of people in the U.S. have high blood pressure, which often leads to other serious conditions. Hiking can help reduce blood pressure significantly.
  4. Aids osteoporosis and arthritis – Walking can help increase bone density, slow calcium loss, and strengthen muscles and joints to prevent fractures and other injuries.
  5. Weight loss – For those struggling with obesity, it can be tempting to restrict food intake until weight loss is achieved. However, walking regularly is one of the easiest and effective ways to keep weight off.
  6. Boost your energy – Walking can release endorphins in the body to lift your mood, and get rid of pent up adrenaline that can lead to heightened anxiety.

With all of these health benefits and beautiful scenery to enjoy, there is no reason why hiking can’t become part of your routine. If you have any foot or ankle concerns or want to make sure your feet are strong enough, consult with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Russell Samofal at Podiatry Center of New Jersey. Dr. Samofal is committed to helping patients regain their foot health by addressing issues like sports injuries, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, arthritis, and toe deformities. Contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 to request an appointment today!