This month, our main focus has been on mental and physical health while on a travel assignment. This Friday is National Take a Hike Day, observed annually to promote getting outside and enjoying some fresh air. There are over 60,000 miles of hiking trails in the United States, so there is no shortage of land to get out and explore!

Moving to a new assignment every 13 weeks can be a lot to handle, especially if you are new to traveling. Sometimes, being away from home is more stressful than you expected, or just the hustle and bustle of finding new housing and getting settled at your new assignment. As we’ve stated in previous blog posts, exercise and fresh air are excellent ways to clear your mind and release your stresses!

Hiking can burn up to 550 calories per hour. Is there a better way to get a head start on those holiday calories than to take up hiking?

Here’s a few advantages hiking has to offer:

  • The obvious: nice views, fresh air and nature
  • It’s a powerful cardio workout that will keep your heart rate pumping
  • Strengthen your core and improve your balance.
    • This is a really great advantage! Considering your job requires you to be on your feet for hours upon hours, this will help out with the tired legs and feet!
  • Boost your mood.
    • “Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.” -Gregory A. Miller, PhD

Make sure you’re getting the most out of your hike, it may be one of the only chances you get to clear your mind today! A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills or uneven terrain. Once you hit the hills, it’s a great bump to your balance and stability.

Finally, if you are hiking in unfamiliar territory, make sure you know the area and plan for the weather. Only follow marked paths and trails.

Celebrate National Take a Hike Day this weekend; get out and explore your new area. Try all of these tips to keep healthy and happy on your next assignment!


Sources: WebMD “How Hiking is Good for Your Mind and Body”