Women are an underrated breed of modern-day superheroes. It’s like we are emerging into a different kind of breed—stronger and more prepared to take on whatever it is in front of us.
Thanks to all the menstruation cycles we had to endure, the boys who gave us nothing but headaches, and our career situation that keeps on challenging us day in and day out.
And though it may sound trivial to you, climbing mountains can also improve our strength, not only about our physical attributes, but also our mental wellness. That’s how great this activity is, and to be honest, it doesn’t even cost much.
If it’s a completely alien idea to you to climb mountains, then here are some reasons that might change your mind.
1. Makes You Physically Strong
Of course, climbing mountains requires muscle strength. Because it’s an exercise, this activity can help improve your physical features.
You improve your upper and lower body, your core, your arms, and your leg muscles when you engage in such activity. Once you find the right balance and footing, climbing mountains can be a regular thing for you.
Instead of hitting the gym and bringing your normal gym equipment, you can take your trekking poles with you and hit the mountains for your regular workout. That is if you live near a hiking trail. If you live far from any mountains or national parks, you can just do it every few months or so.
It can improve your stamina while letting you enjoy the surroundings around you. Isn’t that a wonderful activity to do?
2. Improves Your Mental Health
Apart from developing your physical strength, climbing mountains can also improve your mental health. How? Nature is to blame.
The effects of nature on us is unexplainable. It’s an intangible benefit that we can’t see, but we can definitely feel.
When we explore mountains and trails, it gives us a boost in terms of self-esteem, mental agility, and self-awareness. It’s an opportunity to take time out from the stress of our everyday life and allows us to breathe nothing but fresh air.
If you find yourself being stuck in a rut and don’t know how to get past all the distractions to move forward, climbing mountains and nature can help realign your focus.
3. Helps Build Stronger Relationships
Climbing mountains alone is fulfilling. But doing it with friends and family is a different kind of high.
It can help strengthen your relationship especially with a challenging activity like this. Not to mention that you will have a chance to get to know each other more.
It gives you a better view of your relationship with these people, therefore, allowing you to show more of yourself when you’re together.
4. Helps You Reconnect
Living in the city for quite some time now may have led to forget the little things like learning how to pause to allow yourself to relax and be in the moment.
Our lives can be demanding at times that we often forget to appreciate these little things.
When you find the time to reconnect with nature, do it. It’s the perfect time to pay attention to the nuances of nature like birds singing, the calmness that surrounds the trees, even down to the feel of soil under your feet.
To climb mountains is to remind us that these simple joys should be enough to make us happy.
5. Lets You Enjoy the Nature
We often take nature for granted.
When you hike and explore the mountains, you give much attention to what’s around you. That’s the time we give nature the attention it deserves.
The more we learn how to appreciate it, the more we are motivated to protect them.
6. Brings in Peace of Mind
Mountains are the perfect place to unwind and let go of our worries and fears. Just by feeling the breeze on our faces is enough to send us into nirvana.
If you’re looking for some peace of mind, this is the place that you should run away to.
7. Lets You Meet New Friends
Hiking is also a great time to meet new friends.
There are other hikers that you could meet along the trail. It makes us more mindful of the way we move or talk around other hikers and teaches us a thing or two about courteousness.
It wouldn’t hurt to offer a little greeting to anyone you bump into. A simple hi or hello, or even as simple as a smile, can lighten up their day, and yours as well.