There's a truckload of research out there telling us that hiking is good for us. As a form of exercise, there's nothing like a brisk climb to get your heart rate up. Physically, the benefits are numerous. Hiking makes you healthy, hiking makes you strong. Clambering over uneven surfaces and navigating your way around rocks, fallen trees, across streams and over tree roots engages your core and works your upper body for a true holistic work out. But the physical benefits are almost incidental to how hiking can contribute to your overall mental health and wellbeing.