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The Positive Side of Trekking



I woke up this morning feeling the need to inform you that trekking unlike what most people think has a lot of benefits to our body, environment and climate at large. Environment? Yes! You saw that right. Take a pew, and allow me to enlighten you.

Some dictionary chooses to describe trekking as a long vigorous walk and that’s just it. But why would anyone choose to walk when technology has provided various forms of easier and affordable means of transportation? Trekking has many benefits, and without further ado, I’ll dive right in and reveal them to you.

Benefits of Trekking

1. Exercise: You should have seen this coming, trekking is a basically walking, and walking is a form of aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises are recommended by the American Heart Association and by most doctors. They have a lot of benefits, such as:

  • They improves cardiovascular health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Reduces asthma symptoms
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Aids sleep
  • Regulates weight
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Improves brain power
  • Boosts mood
  • Reduces risk of falls
  • and so much more.

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The thing is, a lot of people are not dedicated when it comes to exercises. They mostly tend to stop halfway, or sometimes even forget to add it to their schedules. Our schedules are always filled up with school, work, managing business and the remaining time usually go for relaxation and leisure, exercises are mostly out of the picture. If this description is you, trekking could turn things around for you. Instead of boarding a car to go few kilometers, while not walk it out?

2. Save Money: Transportation in the urban areas are usually expensive. And honestly, a lot of people in such locality spend so much on very short distances. If you engage in trekking more, you will definitely save more money for other things.

3. Save Time: Sounds awkward right? How can trekking save time? I guess these questions would be dwindling in your minds right about now. Let me explain this while citing an example. In Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, around 8am in the morning till about 12:00 noon, the city’s entrance are usually congested due to traffic. A trip that suppose to take you 20mins to get into the city capital will take you over 2hours most times. The traffic is so bad at times that you could spend 30mins at a spot without going forward. So what if you trek it out? You are actually saving time.

4. Helps reduce carbon emission: The more cars you see on the road at a particular moment the more Carbon gases that are being emitted into the atmosphere which is affecting our climate and our environment. If you decide you trek instead of using your car, you would be eliminating one car that is suppose to emit carbon gases into our atmosphere at a particular moment, and voila! You just joined the fight against climate change.

You should try as much as you can to trek more as your body, pocket and environment would thank you for it.


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