by Diane Spicer
If you're asking yourself why do people hike, your curiosity is about to change your life.
The best time to start hiking is today.
The trail is calling, and you must go soon so you can experience the joys and benefits of hiking.
So let's give you four great reasons to become a hiker.
Why do people hike?
Curiosity is one of the most powerful human drives.
So if you're curious about hiking, you're human!
If you have even one tiny shred of curiosity about how it feels to lace up your boots, shoulder a pack, and stride off into unknown territory (even if it's at a local state park), follow that curiosity.
Literally follow your curiosity out onto a trail and see where it takes you.
I've written some tips for beginner day hikers that make a smart starting point:
Use these hiking tips to get started on some local day hikes, and before you know it, you'll be coming back for some backpacking tips for beginners!
And to feed your curiosity even further, take a peek at my Pinterest Why Do I Hike page.
What is one of the first major milestones in a baby's life?
So you're an expert walker with decades of experience, and that's not an accident.
Your body is designed for bipedal upright motion.
Walking comes naturally.
And you do it so well!
If you're just starting down the hiking path of life, read these tips on injury prevention.
If you're an older person contemplating the benefits of hiking, read these tips.
Think you're an elder hiker?
Congratulations! You've got lots of reasons to celebrate that title, outlined for you here.
Hikers of all ages reap the benefits of hiking, outlined for you here.
If you have questions about how to get started, regardless of your age or current physical condition, use this CONTACT link.
The physical and mental health benefits of hiking cannot be denied.
Every step you take on a hiking trail pays off for you in a big way:
are all examples of doing physical work as a hiker to make your body stronger.
If you're dreaming of doing a long trail hiking adventure, whether a section hike or a thruhike, read this.
Not everyone likes outdoor exercise.
If you're more comfortable in a gym or at home with your yoga mat, so be it.
Don't take my word for it!
Read this report for details on the health benefits that any hiker can reap:
To help you get started, I've written some specific tips for beginning hikers with a goal in mind:
For some of us, NOT hiking is a horrifying thought.
Hiking is what we do!
It's what brings serenity, a high level of physical fitness, a purpose, a sense of satisfaction.
And here's why we stay hooked on hiking:
What an amazing sport!
It's fresh every time, and gives you such an abundance of health benefits plus some great photos and cherished memories.
So I urge you to try hiking, and start off smart.
A few bad experiences as a beginner hiker will rob you of your curiosity, desire and willingness to explore what it means to be a hiker.
Don't go unprepared.
I've gathered together a lifetime of the best hiking tips, earned the hard way on hiking trails all over the United States, Canada and beyond, and share them for you here (just click on the picture).
If you're curious, follow this About link to the story of how I got started hiking, and why I'm still a happy hiker 45+ years later.
And remember, if you need more reasons to hike, send me your concerns and questions. I'd be more than happy to help you get out on the trail.
I can't think of a sport that's so easy to begin, and so rewarding throughout all of the ups and downs of life.
Give it a go!
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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Photo credits: All photos on this website were taken by David Midkiff or Diane Spicer except where noted.
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