Hiking—especially on a trail with hills—can be a good way to improve cardiovascular fitness. Being outdoors in nature (such as a forest or even an urban park) may also ease stress, possibly reducing blood pressure and heart disease risk. On flat or slightly hilly terrain, using special poles that help propel the body forward can also help tone the arms, shoulders, and back. This so-called Nordic walking workout increases the number of calories people burn without making them feel as though they’re working harder.
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