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Your one-stop guide to all things hiking.


Definition. Hiking is the activity of going for long walks, espcially in nature or the countryside.
The word comes from the English dialectal word “hyke”, which means “to walk vigorously”. 

Some of the many benefits of hiking include:12

  • Boosts immune system. Hiking immerses you in the natural world—among trees, grass, and fresh air. This contact with nature has profound effects on our physical and mental health. Exposure to phytoncides (natural compounds released by trees) can boost our immune system, reduce inflammation, and enhance overall vitality.
  • Better cardiovascular health. Hiking involves moderate-intensity exercise, which leads to improved cardiovascular fitness, increased endurance, and stronger muscles – especially if your route includes hills or incline.
  • Mood boost. The tranquility of nature is soothing. Hiking provides a mental escape from daily stressors. Being surrounded by greenery and fresh air has a calming effect on the mind. The benefits include reduced anxiety and improved mood.
  • Social activity. Hiking often involves companionship—whether with friends, family, or fellow hikers on the trail. Social contacts enhance our emotional well-being. Shared experiences create bonds and combat feelings of isolation.
  • Immediate and long-term health benefits. Hiking outdoors can lead to immediate reductions in blood pressure and stress levels. Over time, regular hiking contributes to weight loss, decreased depression, and overall wellness.

Hiker's Guide

All things hiking.

Level Up

Level up your walking skills.

Find out many calories you’re burning. This calculator will determine how many calories you burn exercising based on your weight.


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To find out how hard you’re exercising you can use your heart rate. This calculator will determine your heart rate zones based on your age and gender, and give you a easy to understand result.

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The Best Snacks

Snacks and hiking go together like nuts and raisins.