As we enter the thick of the summer month’s there is so much to be grateful for. God continues to bless us with ways to enjoy His creation and explore the world He has made for us. Summer is a wonderful time to hike with your family. There are quite a number of reasons why you should hike as a family.
Hiking gets everyone in the family moving. You can get your kids away from their smartphones and tablets and outside where they have space to run around. Even a brisk pace during hiking is enough to work out almost every muscle group in the body. Hiking is a good low-impact cardio exercise and one that trains balance and agility in children. Hiking is also a great way to encourage kids to be more physically active without making it sound like work.
Appreciate Nature Together
Depending on where you hike, you’ll encounter different species of flora and fauna. As much as it is a physically stimulating endeavor, hiking can also be mentally enriching. You can discover different kinds of birds, plants, and rocks while on a hike. Various parts of a trail will expose you to various terrains including forests and swamps, each one giving you the opportunity to learn something new about nature. It can be awe-inspiring to stand in nature and witness the true beauty of this Earth.
Instead of going to the mall or doing an out-of-town trip, hiking is comparatively cheaper than most family-oriented activities. Hiking once a week with your family costs you a few gallons worth of fuel. You can bring your own food and water and any other equipment you’d need for the hike.
Strengthen Your Bond
Hiking as a family is an opportunity to strengthen your relationships with your family members. With school and work occupying most of your waking hours, it’s difficult to find time to be with loved ones. When you hike, you are away from screens, emails, and other distractions. It’s just you and your family in a neutral environment.
Aside from these four benefits, hiking in a group is also safer compared to doing it solo. Remember, there is safety in numbers. Be sure to look up the trail you’re planning on hiking in beforehand. Survey the terrain and weather conditions and bring safety equipment. While casual hikes are safe and relaxed for the most part, nature can be unpredictable.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10