Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hiking - Fitness series #1

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Hey everyone!

Today I wanted to do the first post on my fitness routine, and this is the first on my several Fitness Series-posts. The idea is to go in to deeper detail on how I like to stay fit :)
I wanted to start with the best, because hiking has grown into my absolute favorite form of exercise ♥


“Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.” -- Gregory A. Miller, PhD

Most of the hiking in my life has happened in Norway, as the surroundings are perfect for it - there are high mountains literally everywhere (especially here on the West coast).
What I love about hiking is the challenge of the climb, followed by the most amazing reward which is the view from the top. The air is cleaner than anything, and the feeling is just.. amazing. You feel proud for making it, all the struggles of the climb are immediately forgotten about, and you feel invincible. I think it beats a jog anytime, I don't get that kind of a rush from just running around on even ground or even with some hills.. I need me a mountain, haha ;D




Hiking has many benefits, here are some:

Hiking outdoors has plenty of perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature.
It's good for you, too. Hiking is a powerful cardio workout that can:
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise
  • Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve balance
  • Help control your weight
  • Boost your mood. "Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."(source: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/hiking-body-mind) 



 For me, it just makes me forget that it is actually effective cardio. I just feel like I'm on a quest, or just want to climb this mountain. It makes me feel strong, powerful and I've always loved spending time in nature. A nice bonus, is of course that it is great for your legs and booty ;) only thing I dislike is coming down the steep cliffs, wish I could always be picked up by a helicopter instead, haha.

Obviously, hiking is more fun with someone. Also, I'd be terrified of getting lost, I have horrible sense of direction..



This midsummer we took an amazing hike. I leave you with some pictures from it, for more, check out my Instagram! (@mira.ingrid)









So, what are you waiting for?

“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”


Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

x Mira 

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love your photographs and the stunning views that Norway has to offer. I have never been to Norway. What you say about hiking is absolutely true. I recently embarked on a weekend retreat in order to build up my inner strength and to get fit. I loved it and I am already planning my next one.

    Catarina @ Wild Fitness

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