5 reasons why you should go hiking in nature this weekend

Stepping one foot in front of the other is a simple concept, yet add some walking boots, a little planning and mother nature’s finest mountains and you have an endless supply of fun and your own micro-adventure.

Here are 5 reasons from The Hatchbag team as to why you should get your hike on this weekend.

1) Hiking makes you happy

Research suggests that hiking can improve your mood, enhance your memory and even decrease anxious feelings you may have.

2) It’s a great way to stay fit & healthy

Hiking is a fantastic low impact cardio activity, and if you hike at a reasonably brisk pace, you can expect to burn around 500 calories per hour.

3) Exploring just got better

As human beings, it’s a natural instinct we have to explore, and what better way to explore than by climbing great big mountains or exploring woodland trails to really feel that golden sense of achievement.

4) Hiking stimulates your creativity

Ever feel as though your creative flow is just - well, not flowing? According to a report published by Stanford University, walking is the key to new idea generation vs sitting still.

5) Time spent with family, friends & loved ones

Going out for the day to explore some beautiful mountains and trails is made better when done with family, friends and loved ones. What better way to start your love affair with hiking than with those you love the most.

As can be expected, hiking can lead to some mucky boots, and mucky pups if you take the kids or doggies out with you, so make sure you pack your Hatchbag boot-liner to keep your boot in tip-top condition.

We’d love to see where your micro-adventure takes you, so be sure to tweet us your snaps @hatchbagcompany and tag us on Instagram @TheHatchbagCompany.