Hiking is so healthy because this sport combines several positive effects: you train your basic endurance and stamina, but at the same time you strengthen your cardiovascular system and improve your muscles. And on top of that, your fat metabolism is boosted properly - the body uses fats as a source of energy. Additionally, hiking usually results in a negative calorie balance: specifically, this means that you burn more calories than you take in.
But how many calories do you actually burn while hiking? The short answer is: on average, about 350 kilocalories per hour. However, the actual calorie consumption strongly depends on several factors, but above all on the intensity of the effort. For example, if you conquer many altitude meters and are on challenging climbs, treks and paths, you will burn up to 500 kilocalories per hour. The daytime temperature while hiking also influences your calorie consumption. You definitely burn more calories in cool temperatures than on warm days. Last but not least, the altitude at which you hike affects calorie consumption as well.