When the air becomes cool and clear in late summer and autumn and the view of the summit can wander for many kilometers, the best time for walking and hiking begins. And the best thing about it: a speed of four and a half to six kilometers per hour stimulates the circulation, strengthens the immune system and normalizes the metabolism.
Hiking or a brisk walk are not only fun, but also help to maintain and strengthen your own health. Just 15 minutes a day is enough for the first step. In the end, it should be a minimum of three hours a week … and your arms swing with you!
Other positive effects that walking and hiking can have on our health and well-being: Certain carcinomas (e.g. in the large intestine) occur less often, high blood pressure and blood sugar levels are lowered, and training the muscles even reduces cellulite …
A brisk walk after work, an extended hike in the countryside, mountain hiking with a backpack and sticks – the scope for hiking activities is great. For the best training effect, you should make such an effort while walking that you can still talk without getting out of breath. Anyone who moves over hill and dale in the field also trains the surefootedness and improves the reaction when walking – this is also an optimal fall prevention for everyday life!
Sports beginners in particular benefit from this gentle form of movement, as joints and bones are optimally stressed, but not overwhelmed as quickly. And: You don’t pay any entrance fees, you don’t need a training area or expensive sports equipment – all you have to do is put on comfortable shoes and a jacket, lock the front door and off you go. Walking as a way of getting around is ancient and healthy!
A study by the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich shows the great health value of hiking and walking in concrete figures: Among other things, it says that Swiss people who regularly walk or hike or are otherwise physically active contribute to this , prevent at least 3,300 deaths, over two million illnesses and direct treatment costs worth 2.7 billion Swiss francs per year.