Author and fitness expert Martin Pazzani says hiking is the âfountain of youthâ – physically and cognitively. In his book “Secrets of Aging Well: Get Outside”, globe-trotting mountaineer, fitness entrepreneur and president of Activate Brain & Body reveals how hiking is the key to a happier, healthier and longer life . He says, âThis is the kind of extra fitness that you can’t get indoors, in a gym. “
Franconia, NH November 15, 2021 – (PR.com) – Fitness entrepreneur, mountaineer and author Martin Pazzani first realized the longevity benefits of hiking thirty years ago during a meet and greet chance with a 75-year-old runner. uphill charge near the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
âI watched in disbelief as this skinny runner, old enough to be my grandfather, walked towards me, bouncing from rock to rock with the confidence and poise of an acrobat,â said Pazzani. âWhen he told me he was 75, and that it had been his routine two or three times a week for years, it was both an eye opener and an inspiration.
This led him to study throughout his life the physiological and cognitive benefits of hiking and to claim that hiking is the âfountain of youthâ. In his book “Secrets of Aging Well: Get Outside”, the globetrotting leader and president of Activate Brain & Body reveals how hiking is the key to a happier, healthier and longer life. you can’t go inside, into a gymnasium.
He believes that the physical act of hiking creates a powerful and unique positive effect on the human body and, more importantly, on the brain. The combined benefits are the result of several factors, including:
1. Hiking strengthens brain fitness and foot-eye coordination. In addition to pumping more blood and oxygen to your brain, the high heart rate produced by hiking creates the hormone BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor) in your bloodstream, which is like a miraculous growth for your brain. . When combined with the intense engagement that hiking requires of your brain, each step over rough terrain involves a complex interplay between your eyes, brain, and muscles to keep you upright, keep you moving, and keep you from slipping. publication date. âHave you heard of the hand-eye coordination that is so important in so many sports? Well, hiking requires a significant amount of eye-foot coordination, which is a lot more intense on your brain than walking on level ground or on a treadmill where your brain can go on autopilot, âsays Pazzani.
2. Hiking helps improve natural vision. If you spend a lot of time indoors watching a TV, computer, tablet, or cell phone, you’re not using your eyes to their fullest. Essentially, your eye muscles don’t get a full workout while watching a two-dimensional flat screen, and they can atrophy. When you step outside, you look in all directions (forward, to the side, and up), focusing on your near and far surroundings. You also engage your depth perception abilities and see yourself in three dimensions, instead of a flat screen. This, in turn, allows the eye muscles to relax, remain flexible, and use the full range of motion for which they are designed.
3. Hiking reduces stress, increases mindfulness. Getting out and walking in nature connects us to the world, to ourselves and to those around us. The stillness of the trees, the chirping of birds, the scent of petrichorium, and the physical act of walking or hiking focus your mind on the world around you and promote mental and physical rejuvenation. For people who have struggled unsuccessfully with mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques, hiking can be an easier and more enjoyable way to achieve the same benefits.
4. Hiking builds leg strength. When astronauts return from an extended stay in space, they often find that they have lost muscle and bone mass. Indeed, in weightlessness, the body is hardly stressed. As a result, it adapts to the lack of stress that gravity normally provides by essentially shrinking. Here on earth we can have the opposite effect. The more weight-bearing exercises you do, the more your body adapts to by building stronger muscles and denser bones. Hiking is a phenomenal weight-bearing exercise, and it triggers many physiological benefits. Every step you take helps build a stronger skeletal system. Stronger bones make for stronger muscles and are much more resistant to breakage. Stronger and bigger leg muscles will act as a secondary pump for your circulatory system which will stimulate your heart’s strain and make more blood and oxygen available to the rest of your body, especially your brain.
5. Hiking gives you a broad perspective. This is especially important after our extended period of social distancing and working from home. Being outside, on the track, can change your view of the world, open your mind to new possibilities, and recharge your tired brain. You ruminate less on your issues, broaden your thinking, and it becomes clear how tiny in the grand scheme of things really is that you care about, and the stress goes away. You may even feel the awe that comes from the majesty of being a part of something much greater than yourself.
This all adds up to Pazzani’s claim that the hike is as close as we’ll get to the proverbial Fountain of Youth. The physical and brain shape offered by hiking contains all the elements necessary to build a healthy, positive, fit body and brain that is resistant to aging. This claim is supported by current research on longevity: âStudies have repeatedly shown that the way to extend life is to move your body. Exercise – especially hiking – is a great way to pump those endorphins (the hormone that adds to your happiness). “(1)
There is also a long list of anecdotal cases that are becoming more and more common:
MJ “Sunny” Eberhart, or “Nimblewill Nomad” as he is called on the trail, at the age of 83, last week became the oldest person to hike the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. . Once a rarity, it is now common to find people in their 60s and 70s walking long distances through high peaks.
Such is Ralph Jesseman, recently “retired” in New Hampshire, who says, “I have chosen life, and I will be damned if I give up. I am 66 years old and have known many 50 year olds who are old! People need to pull away from the velcro on their couch and limit their existence. When they last recorded with Ralph, an avid high mountain hiker, he averaged two White Mountain peaks a week and guided many friends and family through the process, at a pace normally maintained by people from around the world. half his age.
So, whatever your age, go out this week. Unplug your devices, experience the joy of being outdoors (JOBO) and celebrate the benefits of hiking on National Hiking Day.
About Martin Pazzani.
Martin Pazzani is a globetrotting business executive, fitness entrepreneur and avid hiker, hiker and mountaineer. He has covered 100,000,000 climbs on 7 continents in 50 years. He stays active and young through hiking, trekking, rock climbing, biking, swimming and training at the gym. His brain fitness business, Activate Brain & Body, focuses on the health and longevity of active seniors and has a mission to radically improve the trajectory of aging. Martin has given seminars, lectures and speeches to thousands of Fortune 1000 executives, colleagues and clients at head office, at retreats, at venues as diverse as the Cannes Lions Ad Festival, the TED conference in Monterrey, in California, the Dubai Lynx Show. , The Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and for companies as diverse as American Express, American Distilling Institute, Amtrak, BlueCrossBlueShield, Buick, Foote, Cone & Belding, Functional Aging Institute, Kraft , SC Johnson, US Postal Service, Volkswagen, Westfield and many more. His lectures can teach, motivate and inspire with a combination of seriousness, expertise and joy. Book him for a webinar or to speak to your group at [email protected]
* JOBO: joy of being outside
The secrets of aging well: going out
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