Research conducted by Roy Morgan has shown the number of people taking their exercise to the outdoors and hiking is on the rise. In fact it’s almost doubled over five years from 15.6% to 27.3%.
You only have to follow celebs on Instagram or read a health mag to see that hiking is so hot right now. It’s been touted as the ‘new yoga’, the perfect way to balance out lives spent between four walls (and in air-con).
So why are 5.3 million Australian’s ditching yoga studios and the gym for ‘green exercise’?
Well, research shows that hiking is good for physical health and fitness, as well as being good for mental well-being. Hiking ticks more boxes for mental and physical wellbeing than a gym workout or an urban jog because it’s natural movement in nature.
Humans were born to hike. In the time when we lived in caves, humans hiked endlessly in search of food, water and shelter all while carrying and or caring for kids. The desire to hike is in our DNA.
Di Westaway, Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top says “Hiking helps our heart, buffs our butts, tones wobbly bits, increases suppleness, builds balance, reduces brooding and maximises memory. And it’s bloody great fun.”
Westaway isn’t surprised by the research, the annual Coastrek events she organises in Sydney, Melbourne and Sunshine Coast see thousands of women each year challenge themselves with an outdoor adventure.
Coastrek is a team trekking challenge where participants hike either 30km or 60km’s to get happy and support charity. Since it began in Sydney in 2010, Coastrek has inspired more than 23,000 trekkers, mostly women, and raised nearly $20m for The Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a great match because nearly 60% of the world’s blind are women.
Sydney and Melbourne Coastrek 2018 registrations are now open but closing soon. Coastrek is one of the country’s most popular adventure challenges because it’s not a race. Thousands of trekkers, (at least 50% female), will hike the beautiful beaches, bays and clifftops of Sydney Harbour and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria to raise over $3 million for The Foundation to continue its fight to end avoidable blindness.
To register for Sydney or Melbourne Coastrek 2018 head to www.coastrek.com.au
What: Sydney Coastrek
Where: Manly/Kirribilli to Bondi Beach
When: Friday 16 March, 2018
What: Melbourne Coastrek
Where: Mornington Peninsula
When: Friday 25 May, 2018