Why Hiking is Beneficial

By Sherry Ziesenheim
GreenEriePA Writer

A hiker on the trail

Why should I hike?

  • Hiking trips cost less than road trips
  • Sight-seeing on foot is priceless
  • Hiking conserves fossil fuels (unleaded gas, diesel, etc.)
  • Along with an environmental/economic benefit, hiking has excellent health benefits
  • A 200 pound person burns an average of 500 calories/hour
  • Lowers your risk for cardiovascular problems
  • Reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and fat
  • Helps with mental processes and controlling body weight while also helping to prevent osteoporosis

Creative Commons Photo by Allan Chatto