Finding Similarities Between Trails and Life

A Guide to Hiking in West Texas

Texas boasts of being the best state to do hiking because it has some of the best spots for hiking with diversity in terrain. In Texas you can find steep mountains or flat, swampy grasslands to hike on with many beautiful places to explore.

There are many national and state parks all over Texas and this is the reason why you will never run out of places to visit and enjoy the beauty of nature. But the wild and remote Davis Mountain is considered one of the most scenic areas of Texas. Indeed it is one of the most biologically diverse. The diversity of plant life in these places shows many interesting contrasts.

You get all these beautiful wonders when you hike these places but your also benefit from hiking outdoors. Both body and mind are benefited from this outdoor activity. Because of its low cost and convenience, you can easily participate on a hiking time anytime.

Exercise undertaken in a gym cannot compare with hiking which is more varied than other types of exercise. Depending on the trail you take you can have a different workout each time, and the landscape also continuous changes as you hike. Because of the interesting things you see around you while hiking it is a good motivator for exercise. It is also possible to make hiking as social as you like.

Because hiking is some sort of an exercise, it benefits one by relieving stress and it can also reduce insomnia which leads to better mental health. Your happiness can increase and you can feel more fulfilled while you hike because of your closeness to nature and natural rhythms. Once you have hiked up to the top of a mountain you have a feeling of accomplishment which is more tangible than completing your fitness workout in the gym. In other words, outdoor hiking promotes mental health.

Outdoor hiking also promote your physical health. If you need to adjust to any level of fitness, you can easily do it. Outdoor hiking can be on a level. The path can either be well maintain or there is not path up the mountain at all. Since people can choose the level of hikes they can take, it is excellent for people who wish to improve on their fitness.

As hiking puts pressure on your bones, it encourages healthy bone structure and reduces the chances of osteoporosis. When you hike and gets exposed to the sunshine it will increase your level of vitamin D. If you push yourself hard at hiking it benefits your cardiovascular system and helps prevent heart disease and increases your overall fitness. Hiking is excellent for muscle tone, particularly cross country hiking, as your body and legs have to compensate for the rough terrain by working harder.