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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Walking, hiking in the most unspoiled nature environment, whether it's around Las Vegas or anywhere else in the world, is very good for your health. This is an established fact, even more than winning at a casino at Borgata. It is an activity that is indeed suitable for everyone and that turns out to be a healthy touch for the body and the mind, becoming a sort of long life elixir.
It seldom happens that all branches of medicine agree on some considerations, but this is the case. For example, across the Pacific Ocean, in traditional Japanese medicine, walking in wooded areas is actually a healing method that is called Forest Bath (Shinrin-yoku): it is an ancient form of therapy prescribed to purify yourself from the toxins of your daily stress.
More recently, several scientific studies from the land of the rising sun have confirmed that walking for prolonged periods and breathing deeply in the middle of natural areas will strengthen the immune system. It reduces blood pressure, decreasing levels of stress hormones and cortisol, helping you control your heart rate. It is difficult to find something else that can have so many positive effects on our health in the same way.
However, the power of trekking doesn't stop there. Walking, in fact, makes you feel good because it increases your attention level thanks to serotonin, known as the hormone of happiness and creativity. Yes, you got it, walking stimulates creativity: moving, getting up from the chair or the sofa and leaving the house helps to find creative solutions to problems, helps to unravel tricky situations when it seems that there is no other way out. And the farther you get from your home and reach outdoor areas, the greater the enhancement of creativity will be. So, try and get out of your routine as much as you can.
Actually, we haven't finished listing the benefits of hiking in natural areas. Trekking is an aerobic activity and therefore also stimulates the production of red blood cells, giving the muscles a greater supply of oxygen that reduces the fatigue of physical activity. Finally, there is a factor certainly not to be overlooked: trekking improves muscle tone and is therefore an excellent ally to maintain a healthy shape. Hiking is an automatic way to strengthen and invigorate your legs, buttocks and abdominals. Your muscular fibers and joints will be reinforced while your tendons and ligaments will maintain a high degree of elasticity. Even your bones will come out fortified, removing the risk of osteoporosis. Walking for a long time also allows you to burn calories eliminating excess fat, and this isn’t just an aesthetic issue as in the long run it might become a health problem.
So, whether it's in Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead or Mt. Charleston, it doesn't matter. Just keep walking, and never stop! Clearly, you want to choose your route according to your age, how well you are trained and in consideration of the time available and the weather conditions. There are really a few things in this world as simple as walking to make you feel better.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV