As with any physical activity practiced on a regular basis, the hike is now considered a treatment in itself. Since 2017, the doctors may as well prescribe it to their patients with chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure for example).

“a Walk in the open air allows you to lose weight or to maintain it after a”

Dr. Catherine Kabani, endocrinologist and physician at the French Federation of hiking

“Walk in the open air allows you to lose weight or to keep after a diet, while improving the ability in breathing, bone density and muscle mass of the legs, gluteal and abdominal muscles” , ” said Dr. Catherine Kabani, endocrinologist and physician at the French Federation of hiking.

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The hike will also help to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease by improving cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It promotes blood circulation and dilates the arteries (including the coronary, which allows a better irrigation of the heart). After cancer of the breast or the colon, the practice of physical activity reduces the risk of relapse.

positive Effects on the morale

to start getting beneficial effects, it is advisable to walk a good step, at a rate of 30 minutes per day five times per week at a minimum. Or hiking on a time range longer once or twice a week. “In a club, you walk generally from a few hours to a whole day, at a pace of 5 kilometres per hour – a speed which can be adapted according to the level of the group” , says Dr. Kabani. many clubs now offer “Hiking for Health”, framed and adapted to the state of health of the participants. Among the most elderly, walking, regular helps combat the loss of muscle mass, improves balance and decreases the risk of a fall. Its benefits outweigh the risks.

“This is a sport little traumatic for the joints and the falls are very rare”

Dr. Catherine Kabani, endocrinologist and physician at the French Federation of hiking

Unlike jogging, “this is a sport little traumatic for the joints and the falls are very rare” , ” says Dr. Kabani. Only precautions to take: wear good shoes, to protect their skin from the sun and walk to his level, with progression objectives. According to Dr. Kabani, indeed, “it has been shown that the more the person is active, better will be his health. The idea is to increase the dose.”

Finally, walking has a positive effect on morale. It is known that the practice of a physical activity of endurance, relieve symptoms of depression and helps to fight against the relapse. A study published in 2015 by u.s. researchers also showed that a walk of 90 minutes in nature reduces negative thoughts. Like any physical activity, walking improves mood, self-esteem, stress management, sleep and concentration. Dr. Kabani is also an excellent way of combating social isolation, particularly for those who practice in the club.

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