HOLLYWOOD, CA — There are so many ways we can exercise our bodies. While both hiking and going to the gym are great ways to keep in shape, lose weight or build muscle, why is that some people choose one over the other?
The gym provides weights which, is better for burning abdominal fat when compared to cardio. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that while a cardio workout can burn both fat and muscle, lifting weights can do two things: burn calories from fat and build your metabolism which, helps you burn calories even when you are not working out.
Those who choose the gym say it is more convenient because the weather is never an issue. Aside from the gym being open even when it is dark outside, the gym also provides more options.
“There’s so much you can do.” said L-A Fitness Trainer, Jay Padilla. “There’s a variety of equipment, we have cables, we have dumbbells, we have bars. You can even use your body weight and it’s still a good way you can turn it into a cardio.”
Research published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that, time outdoors actually increases attentions spans and creative-problem skills through the disconnect of technology. Many who decide to hike is because they enjoy being surrounded by nature.
“You get more of the views here.” said Runyon Canyon Hiker, Jenn Laub. “You get to check out other people and their cool gym gear, get ideas. You can see pets, you tend to push yourself more when you’re able to see things outside of just the gym, when you’re just looking at the clock like when am I done?”
Hiking enables you to control your own workout, it can be a slow incline or you can choose to run uphill. In addition, hiking may also heal illnesses. A study published by the International Journal of Sports Medicine, found that long distance hiking trips can enhance the antioxidative capacity which, fights off diseases in the blood of oncological patients.
Physical activity in general enhances a person's mood. Exercise helps normalize sleep which causes positive effects to the brain. In the end, it all depends on what kind of workout you want to achieve.
“What it would seem to me is that people who are going hiking are doing more of a solitary activity.” said CSUN Kinesiology professor, Sean Flanagan. “People who are going to the gym, are more involved in a group type of activity.”
So whether you choose to go to the gym and lift some weights or go hiking for the views, both are a good body workout.
By, Sharon Carrillo
Contributions from Healthfitnessrevolution.com, Mensfitness.com, Huffingtonpost.com
Photos, Sharon Carrillo and Odyssey
Video, Healthcare Triage
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