Hiking trails are the best way to experience South Africa’s scenery, sunny climate and outdoor culture and what better way to spend Heritage day than by going for a hike. Whether you like to hike up mountains, along rivers or through valleys, you’re certain to find a perfect route.

There are many reasons why we should be getting outside more often. Researchers have found that spending time in local and national parks can help us cope better with stress and recover from illness and injury. It can even provide a morale boost.

Hiking, especially with a backpack, is a full body exercise that requires a lot of strength, endurance, coordination and agility. As you walk or climb, each of your legs takes the full load of your body and backpack. As you scramble up a slope, your torso rotates, your core muscles tighten, your hips take more of the load, and your shoulders and arms extend forward to grab a handhold and pull you up. Hiking requires a remarkable degree of synchronization between different muscles groups in your body.

 

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