It's Throwback Thursday today, and we're re-sharing this blog that was posted a few years ago. We often need to be reminded why we do certain things and why they're good for us. So here's our blog about why bushwalking is good for you! We all live in a hectic world with lots of pressures placed upon us.  We barely have time to take a walk to de-stress and end up overweight, stressed and quite often depressed. This is where Bushwalking Victoria comes in. We are advocates of Bushwalking and have a membership of 64 clubs as well as 4000 individual members and looking for more, but first – why do we love to bushwalk?

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  1. Adventure is good for the soul

No matter when or where you go, or the difficulty of the trek, there is something wildly beautiful about hiking and being in the wilderness. Climbing a summit, scaling a ridge, seeing animals in the wild and trekking over new landscapes gives an unspeakable adrenalin rush and a sense of well-being.

  1. Hiking is great for fitness

Pilates with friends and running along the beach is a lot of fun, but sometimes you need to mix it up a little! So go hiking. It’s the perfect way to lift your fitness whilst exploring nature.

  1. It’s affordable

Hiking is cheaper than the gym or a Pilates class.  Depending on where you go, most hiking trails are free although some national parks charge camping fees, but it’s well worth it!

  1. It’s perfect for stress relief

After a hectic and stressful week, the first thing we should do is switch off from technology, get amongst nature and go hiking. Adventure can have some seriously positive effects on stress levels and when combined with the other great aspects of hiking, including overall fitness, you start feeling great immediately.

  1. Nature - Beautiful

The main reason why we love hiking is nature and the company of our fellow hikers. No matter the hike, no matter the location – nothing beats fresh air, wide open spaces and nature. It might be a cloudless sunset, the view on top of a mountain or swimming in a creek - ultimate relaxation.

  1. You’ll never travel the same again

Once you start hiking, your holidays will start looking a little different. You’ll start looking for adventure and more hiking trails, your luggage will consist of hiking boots, poles and the daypack.  You can eat and drink to your hearts’ content without picking up the weight……

  1. In short

Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilised stress buster. 

Findings suggest that something as simple as joining a Bushwalking Club may not only improve your daily positive emotions but may also contribute a non-pharmacological approach to serious conditions like depression.  Check out our website (link below) to find a club that suits you or give our office a call for some advice on which Bushwalking Club to join.

http://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/club-directory/index.html

Below are a couple of links that confirm why walking is healthy and a favourite past time.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/23/walk-nature-depression_n_5870134.html

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/05/best-foot-forward-why-walking-good-for-you

Source: Mr Weekender

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Bushwalking Victoria's advocacy efforts aim to proactively influence decisions that impact on bushwalking and bushwalkers in Victoria, by engaging with key decision makers and land managers such as Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)to ensure that bushwalking issues and opportunities are understood and considered when policies and decisions are made that impact on the bushwalking community in Victoria.

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