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Hiking in Gardena/Gröden is healthy

How hiking in the mountains boosts health

Now it has been proven: a several-week stay in the mountains is healthy for you. This is the result of a medical-sports science project called AMAS 2000 (Austrian Moderate Altitude Study 2000), which – between 1998 and 2000 – did a long-time-study on the effects of a hiking vacation in the mountains on the human organism.

The scientists discovered that an active hiking vacation at medium altitude has a positive effect on the overall state of health. So it has finally also been scientifically confirmed that hiking in Val Gardena is healthy. The positive effects are: the improvement of fat and sugar metabolism, a clear lowering of high blood pressure, and the improvement of oxygen transport by the red blood cells.

During a hiking vacation in Val Gardena the quality of sleep, the duration of sleep and the ability to sleep improve as well. Therefore: enjoy Val Gardena and do something good for yourself by going for many hiking tours with the Vitalpina Hotel Dosses as a starting point!

Care for your health during your winter vacations

It is a proven fact that winter vacations in Gardena/Gröden are beneficial for the health, thanks to the resort’s location at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,000 m above sea level. As part of the AMAS high-altitude study, which was conducted in the year 2000, scientists researched the effects of high altitudes on the heart rate, oxygen circulation and glucose levels. The findings confirm that all these figures became better thanks to high altitudes, especially in case of physical effort.

Outdoor activities such as Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing or winter hiking, in particular, result in dramatic improvements of the overall fitness level. During such activities we use parts of the muscles and joints which we barely need for our daily lives, and therefore train our reflexes, coordination skills and balance. Outdoor movement, moreover, increases the pulse rate, which makes it easier to lose weight.

The Italian Health Institute officially reported that more and more people are now taking up medium-level outdoor activities. Note only do those stimulate one's well-being, they also improve the mood and create feelings of satisfaction. The body releases endorphins and other substances which have an uplifting effect on the mind. The results of the study are very clear: winter vacations in Gardena/Gröden help improve your health and combat feelings of stress and anxiety. 

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