Is Hill-Walking Good For You?

If you have never done any hill-walking before or you are worried about continuing to hill-walk later in life, then you may wonder if walking on the hills is in fact good for you?

Well the simple answer to that is YES!
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We all know that some exercise is good for you but a University in Japan wanted to know if hill-walking in particular would have a beneficial or detrimental effect on one’s health. The aim of their research programme was to evaluate mood alteration and physical condition through a One-year Healthy Hill-walking Program for retired elderly in Kaminoyama, Japan. This program was designed as health promotion for retired elderly.

In order to achieve their research twenty-three retired elderly (range=59-70) participated in the programme as subjects. Mood alteration was measured, physical condition was measured with some questions, constructed by the authors. Data were collected on 12-days hill-walking between 2012 to 2013. Participants answered the questionnaire before and after walking, and on the following day.

The outcome of their research was that Pleasantness and Relaxation scores significantly increased after 9 and 6 times of walking, respectively.  Anxiety score decreased after 4 times of walking. Waist and knee pain decreased after 6 times of walking.  Some of the subjects commented that there was a positive relation between their sleep patterns and the walking.

The subjects involved in the research stated that they noticed a clear improvement in their mental and physical conditions and become more motivated to continue hill-walking on a regular and frequent basis.

Reference: Evaluation of One-year Healthy Hill-walking Program for Japanese Elderly on Mood Alteration and Physical Condition
N. Kawamura & K. Machida of Oita University, H. Ueda, of  Sapporo City University and N. Koseki of Kurort Lab.
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