You mean hiking is more than just walking? Yes, definitely.
You can do your own thing, and/or still become part of a hiking group/club. However if you’re new to hiking, you might want to start with hiking with a group/become a club member.
Types of hikes:
• Day hikes
If you’re a beginner hiker, day hike are the way to start building trail skills.
• Overnight Hike
Overnight backpacking trips requires a longer time investment (both planning and trail time). The best tip for planning an overnight is base camping, might be best option.
Staying out longer than a few days (an extended backpacking trip) demands more strength (a bigger backpack to hold, the best hiking gear and lots of food). But a multiday backpacking trip also yields a much bigger payoff such as wildlife sightings before the day hikers arrive/after they go home, stargazing in silence under inky black skies, the serenity that comes with using your physical, rather than mental, muscles day after day.
Nothing gives you deeper satisfaction than gazing at a mountain peak or leafy ridge from the peacefulness of your camp site, knowing that you got yourself AND your gear there using the strength of your legs and your trail smarts.
For an off-the-beaten path place to learn to backpack, try the Porcupine Mountains in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
• Hiking for weight loss
No way around the fact that hiking is hard work in terms of sustained muscle contractions, in fact, hikers are classified as endurance athletes. If you’ve set a weight loss goal and are looking for an effective way to burn calories, consider this fact, it’s possible to burn 5,000+ calories on a day hike. Forming a regular hiking habit will also tone up your major muscle groups and lead to a serious addiction to the outdoors. Once you hit your weight loss goal, you can transition into other types of hiking.
NB: Wear high performance clothing that fits and looks great while you’re pursuing your weight loss goal so your hiking addiction won’t be thwarted.
• Hiking in the dark
Does this sound like a scary idea to you? Night hiking is not for everyone, but it’s a great skill to develop. The rewards of navigating a trail using only your night vision are a big thrill.
Night hiking tips (Taking a hike at night is not recommended if you’re a beginning hiker):
You need to find your trail rhythm first:
4. Depth perception
5. Stride, and
• Hiking for health
I also want to point out that hiking is good medicine, regardless of your age.Being in the outdoors for prolonged periods of time helps you deal with stress, it’s called the Nature Therapy, that combined with the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal work out of a hike, will keep you in top shape.