Anytime you can do something with the family outside is a great excuse to have fun, spend time together and get in a good workout. Trail hiking might not sound like the most exciting activity for kids, but with the right trail and the best company it can actually become one of your favorite family activities. There are so many different outdoor environments that can be enjoyed and it really is an all level physical activity that gets everyone outside and in a good mood.
Here are several reasons why you should start trail hiking with the family today.
It’s a Great Boredom Buster
Summer days get longer for kids after the first few weeks of total freedom, and then boredom begins to set in. With so many things to see and do, it really is a shame to let any time go by bored. Hiking gets kids and parents outdoors, learning about their local area, watershed, animals and fauna. It is also a great time to learn new skills, including planning out and mapping a hike, so give kids the chance to take the reins and plan out a couple hikes that the family can take together.
Hiking is Great Physical Exercise
A lot of summertime activities involve lounging around, and children and adults already spend too much time sedentary these days. No matter what your fitness level is, there is a hike suited to everyone in the family. If everyone wants to do something a little more exciting, look for trails along hills, waterways and ridges that offer a good climb. For a leisurely hike, find trails that are paved and leveled out, which might also make it possible for everyone to hike further and longer.
The Outdoors Reduces Stress
Have you ever noticed that you forget about all the stuff bothering you when you are able to spend some time outside? There is a reason for that. Being outdoors has a powerful effect on our mood and can even reduce daily stress. Try focusing on the children, their curiosity and the beauty of the outdoors instead of all the things you want to get done when you get home.
Hiking Encourages Eco-Conscious Children
There’s a reason why adults and children that spend more time outdoors are more conscious about the environment and our role in its preservation. Time spent outdoors creates a love for the land and children learn first hand why we should all reduce our personal environmental footprints.
Trail Hiking Leads to Other Activities
We should always encourage our children and each other in finding things we love and enjoy. Trail hiking has a way of leading to so many other activities, both outdoors and indoors. Anything from photography to mountain biking to an interest in geocaching can be developed from time spent on the trail with family.