A Guide to Hiking in West Texas
Texas offers some of the best spots for hiking due to the sheer diversity in terrain, which is why out of all the states, Texas is the best. Whether you want to hike steep mountains or flat, swampy grasslands, you can find plenty of beautiful places to explore.
You can find seventy national and state parks all around the state and this means that you will never lack in opportunities to take in the natural surroundings here. Davis Mountain, which is a wild and remote mountain is known as one of the most scenic areas of Texas. Indeed it is one of the most biologically diverse. The diversity of plant life in these places shows many interesting contrasts.
You get all these beautiful wonders when you hike these places but your also benefit from hiking outdoors. The benefit is for both body and mind. Hiking is also inexpensive and easy to start, so you can participate on a hiking trip anytime.
For one, hiking is much more varied than many other types of exercise, particularly those undertaken in a gym. Depending on the trail you take you can have a different workout each time, and the landscape also continuous changes as you hike. Because of the interesting things you see around you while hiking it is a good motivator for exercise. You can also make hiking a social activity.
Because hiking is some sort of an exercise, it benefits one by relieving stress and it can also reduce insomnia which leads to better mental health. While hiking outdoors you feel very close to nature and natural rhythms and this helps you to increase your happiness and the feeling of fulfillment. If you hike up a hill or a mountain which is a difficult hike, then you can feel that you have accomplished something more tangible than completing your workouts in a gym. Outdoor hiking is then said to promote mental health.
When you hike outdoors you are also promoting your physical health. Adjusting to any level of fitness is easy. You can also assign levels to outdoor hiking. You can hike on a well maintained path or up a pathless mountain. Since people can choose the level of hikes they can take, it is excellent for people who wish to improve on their fitness.
As hiking puts pressure on your bones, it encourages healthy bone structure and reduces the chances of osteoporosis. When you hike and gets exposed to the sunshine it will increase your level of vitamin D. Another physical benefit of hiking is that it is a cardiovascular activity depending on how hard you push yourself in it, and so your cardiovascular system is healthier and helps to prevent the chances of heart disease and it increases your overall fitness. Cross country hiking is good for muscle tone because your body and legs have to work harder to be able to work out the rough terrain.