Hiking for Exercise

Hiking is a fun and adventurous way to expand your world and stay in shape. Hiking trips can range from short day hikes to spending months on the Appalachian Trail. There are several opportunities for planning day hikes in upper East Tennessee such as; Buffalo Mountain, Laurel Falls, Roan Mountain, Beauty Spot and Twisted Falls.

Hiking is an enjoyable way to meet the fitness goal of being active for at least one hour a day. Hiking regularly as an aerobic exercise leads to multiple health benefits including:

  • Strengthened cardio-respiratory system, which lowers your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Muscular fitness and prolonged skeletal integrity
  • Improved mental health by means of reducing depression and improving sleep quality
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