The Surprising Impact a Hike Can Have on Skin

August 22, 2014 Posted by mvais@sapient.com August 22, 2014 CategoryFitness

The Surprising Impact a Hike Can Have on Skin

 
With fall right around the corner now is the perfect time to enjoy a summer hike, which has surprising health benefits in addition to wellbeing and fitness.

 

Outside of enjoying the scenery, a hike can improve your skin by boosting your mood and giving you a workout. Both of these activities raise endorphin hormones that help give skin a healthy glow and take down stress hormones that can make it more sensitive.

 

Here are some easy tips to make your day on the trail fun, enjoyable, and good for you and your skin!

 

Know Your Fitness Level

 

Hiking is fun, so it’s easy to overestimate your abilities. It’s still a serious workout and it’s important not to go too far outside your comfort zone when you’re on the trails.

 

Plan to rest for ten minutes of every hour to recharge and budget twice as much time to ascend as you do to descend. Be kind to your body and don’t overdo it!

 

Bring a Buddy

 

When you’re hiking, it’s important to remember that safety comes first. Pick well-traveled areas or bring a buddy. It’s an easy safety precaution that will make your workout more fun. Research your route and the weather in advance, and find out where you can get water or stop to rest along the way.

 

Ditch the Headphones

 

Music is a great way to energize your workout, but don’t forget to take off your headphones and focus on being present and mindful.

 

Spending time in nature has huge benefits for your health and skin, and you will get the most out of it by listening to the sounds of the leaves, wind and water.

 

Incorporate Skin-Friendly Extras

 

Hiking is great for your skin, like all exercise – but it’s also important to take precautions any time you’re exercising outdoors, and protect your skin from the harsh elements. Bring plenty of water, especially on hot summer days. A good rule of thumb is 8 ounces of water for every 15 minutes of strenuous exercise.  Sunscreen is a must, so be sure to bring it with you so you can re-apply.

 

Don’t forget to bring skin-friendly snacks like nuts, dried fruit and granola bars to refuel as you go.  Your body loses electrolytes during high-intensity workouts, so picking snacks with a little bit of salt will replenish your stores.

Now get out there!

Written by Katy Atlas. You can read more from Katy on her blog, Sugar Laws.