No one needs to tell you the benefits of getting outside—you can feel them for yourself when filling your lungs with a gulp of crisp mountain air and breaking a sweat while scrambling over rocks and tree limbs. Studies show that just walking outside can lower your risk of mental health issues, and that getting even a little bit of sun can lead to a surge in endorphins (those feel-good hormones).
But for most people, just being outdoors isn’t enough to get their heart rate up. They crave escape and adventure, too. Maybe that’s why the percentage of people hiking has jumped from 10 percent to over 15 percent in the past decade, according to the 2018 Outdoor Participation Report. And while taking your fitness endeavors outside is typically about unplugging and disconnecting—even for just a few hours—these apps can help you make the … Read the rest