The Health Benefits of Trekking Holidays

The Health Benefits of Trekking Holidays

Trekking holidays, like those that are offered by Spirit Journeys, can not only offer the chance to see the world and discover new cultures but they can also provide the chance to drastically improve your health. It is now common knowledge that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can drastically improve your health and one form of exercise that is suitable for any age and fitness level is walking!

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The physical activity of a trekking holiday can help you to shed unwanted pounds as well as benefit your general overall health. Trekking will burn calories and help you to maintain a healthy weight while targeting and strengthening the glutes, hamstrings, quads and calf muscles. It will also drastically improve your cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. When trekking in any environment you must make sure that you have the right equipment to undertake your journey safely – comfortable shoes are essential (preferably good quality walking boots) as these will ensure that you have adequate support and minimal blisters. Loose-fitting clothing is best as it allows you to move more freely – thin layers are always better than thick or heavy clothing. Last, but by no means least, it is always important to remember a bottle of water, a sun hat and sunscreen, especially if you are walking in hot weather.

If you are embarking on a trekking holiday and your exercise levels have been fairly low up to this point then you should probably think about improving your fitness before you leave for the trip. Trekking and hiking can be very physically demanding (depending on what locations you are trekking in) so you should choose the type of trekking holiday that is right for your physical fitness levels. In the run up to your holiday – 12 weeks prior is the recommended amount – try to prepare for your trip by walking, running, swimming or cycling to improve your overall fitness levels. Trekking can be a challenging activity so you need to come prepared with a positive attitude, especially if you have had very low fitness levels beforehand. However, Spirit Journeys aims to cater to every fitness level – we will find a trip to suit you and your lifestyle!

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Many people say that they can simply not find the time to fit extra activity into their already busy routines but on a holiday you have all the time in the world to pack in active and energetic activities! A trip that involves more than just laying by the pool all day could go a long way to making you energised, positive and rejuvenated when it comes time to return home. Our trekking escapes will help you to explore nature and culture in some of the most stunning settings in the world. Join like-minded people as you trek across the paddy-fields of Cambodia or the peaks of the Himalayas. Leave everyday stress and demands behind and relax as trekking helps to stimulate the release of feel-good endorphins and adrenaline which will boost your energy levels and overall mood.

Always make sure that the trekking holiday that you choose is something that you enjoy. The improvement to your overall fitness and health is a positive extra! Spirit Journeys offers a huge range of trekking holidays in coveted destinations all over the world so you are sure to find something that excites your imagination.

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