Movement and health: forward, march!

In addition to its many health benefits, hiking and hiking in general allows you to discover fabulous landscapes very close to home. © J. Damase/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourism

Known for its many health benefits, hiking allows you to explore new horizons. Hike, discover, breathe! In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, a region with no less than 33,050 km of marked trails, all trails lead to physical and mental well-being.

From family walks to long-term treks, actors who promote health tourism invite you to discover different and varied routes. From the secret valleys of the Ardèche to the volcanoes of Puy-de-Dôme, from the lush vineyards of the Côte-Rôtie to the lavender fields of the Drôme Provençale, from the contrasting reliefs of the Alps to the paths of Compostela. A wide choice that will allow you to disconnect from everyday life, reconnect with nature and breathe fresh air.

Hiking tourism, easy and accessible to everyone, is ideal for health. Alone, with family, friends or in a club, walking improves physical, mental and spiritual health. “With every step you take, you get an idea”claimed a great walker named Victor Hugo.

Walking has many physical and mental health benefits.

By reducing stress, physical activity outdoors improves morale and helps fight depression. “Daylight can produce vitamin D, which has a positive effect on mood and the immune system.”explains Dr. Catherine Kabani, Federal Physician of the French Hiking Association. “Walking prevents bad cholesterol and diabetes. It delays the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It is a virtuous physical activity for the heart, joints and lungs.”.

Nevertheless, it is important to organize the hike well in advance. And follow a few recommendations to leave with peace of mind.

Associative, individual, healthy, everyone their own way

according to dr Catherine Kabani, “It’s best to assess your physical condition and don’t overestimate your abilities. The ideal? Take short walks and proceed gradually. Without, then with a full backpack, then on sloping paths uphill. To avoid boredom, it’s good to take stock of your interests. The Mon GR site offers tools to properly prepare for homelessness ».

There are different types of walking: daily walking, hiking, trekking reserved for experienced hikers, water touring, Nordic walking practiced with sticks, snowshoeing or even “healthy walking”. The latter allows people with reduced physical abilities to walk in complete safety. Convinced? To your sneakers.


The French Hiking Association has created a health label for tourism stakeholders. A Health Label Club offers specially adapted excursions for people with reduced physical abilities who, for physiological, pathological or psychological reasons, walk less quickly, less far and for less time. The hike can be accessible to all if well supervised. It can be practiced anywhere, even in the city.

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