Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

If you aren’t a hiker yourself, you might be wondering why some of your friends take pride and joy in taking the hard and long routes over a mountain. If you tend to commit your weekends to a conventional routine of unwinding, why don’t you take it to the next level sometime and try hiking, too? If the thought of it scares you, just take comfort in the fact that your adventurous hiker friends have some legitimate reasons as to why they spend their weekends meandering through challenging mountain trails and woods. 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

At the summit of Mt. Batulao

To start off this article, here is an inspiring quote to persuade you guys to push yourself to the limit and go out of the box:

“The earth is what we all have in common.”

– Wendell Berry

Besides, it isn’t so bad to get in touch with nature while seeking thrill and having fun with your friends at least once. Here are some of the reasons why hiking is a fantastic thing to do and you gotta try this – believe me!

 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking 

 

1. It’s one hell of an adventure and yet it’s cheap!

Yes, you heard that right! I ain’t kidding here. Say goodbye to saving some serious money every payday just to go out and have the time of your life during your weekends. Don’t believe me? Fine, to see is to believe. Check out this article: Conquering Mount Batulao: A First-Timer’s Climb

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

Mt. Batulao’s Registration Fee is only P20.00. Yep, you read that right.

2. It’s healthy.

C’mon, try something better than the gym or the fun runs for a change! Try something daring that will make your body feel more alive instead! Engage in mild or brisk walking, which is better for the heart and the lungs. Aside from that, hiking will also give you the most rough and varied terrains to subject your body to stabilising itself and, in time, develop your balance and coordination.

A number of studies online also show that hiking delivers a remarkable range of health benefits, such as weight loss, reduced heart disease, decreased hypertension, improved mental health and a slower aging process. 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

That’s a friend of mine led by our tour guide when we tried hiking Mt. Batulao

3.  It breeds brotherhood/sisterhood.

This is definitely one of the best reasons! We all know hiking is no joke, but can you just imagine the comradeship you will be able to build after a tiring day of hiking? It is a chance to experience the world with your chosen group of friends and develop trust through the course of the adventure. The trust that, no matter what happens, your hiking buddy will always take good care of you, help you and look out for you in times of need or danger.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

That’s me and my friend, Rina. The two girls who conquered Mt. Batulao, all by themselves.

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Posing for another victorious shot ’cause we were able to reach the summit and we feel like we are stronger women now :)

4. It lets you see the beauty of nature.

When you live in the city, you don’t get to appreciate how wonderful the world is everyday. I think this is one of the biggest reasons why people love hiking so much. No matter how rough or difficult the trail might be, it is comforting to know that there will always be something beautiful and grand awaiting you, be it something as breathtaking as an amazing panoramic view from the mountain summit or even something as simple as the lovely wild flowers growing along the trail. 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

Breathtaking view of Mt. Batulao

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

Beautiful wild flowers growing just along the trail.

5. It helps you get in touch with your inner self.

I don’t know about you, but I always experience an unexplainable feeling when I’m outdoors, especially when I’m able to get away from the sprawling madness of the city. It lets me ponder on things and propel deep thoughts, as well as connect with my spirituality. It also lets me experience some sort of a connection with the universe.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking

That’s me, completely happy and thankful I was able to reach the summit.

Some claim that subconsciously observing the beauty and complexity of nature can also lowers stress and allow for clearer thinking. I totally agree with that.

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Resting while I am being lured by the beauty of this mountain

  

Check out our other hiking articles:

http://www.wheninmanila.com/mount-pulag-mountain-travel-guide-walk-on-the-clouds/

http://www.wheninmanila.com/conquering-mt-pulag-the-right-way/

 

 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Hiking






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