Born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Ron describes himself as an optimist, adventurer, epicurean, connector and entrepreneur. His list of successful climbs includes Mont Blanc (4.807 metres), the highest mountain in Europe, Kilimanjaro (5.895 metres), the highest mountain in Africa, and Aconcagua (6.962 metres), the highest mountain in South America. In addition, he has also conquered the highest peaks in Russia and Antarctica.

Ron’s proclivity towards walking/hiking stems from scientific evidence that points towards the various benefits that this form of physical exercise. Because walking outdoor triggers the production of the happy hormone, serotonin, not only does it boost health but also enhances overall well-being. A study involving 20,000 people in England showed that people who spent at least two hours a week in natural surroundings seemed to be more content and at peace. This positive impact is evident even if you just sit outside in a park, the beach or the woods.

Walking is a proven antidote for overcoming mental stress and its related problems, like anxiety and depression. During the hiking sessions at Evolve, Ron often asks his clients to evaluate their mood before and after the nature walk. Most people admit to feeling calm and balanced following an outdoor walking session.

Various ways in which walking improves health are –

  • Strengthening heart muscles and bones, burning calories, reducing excess body fat, and boosting muscle power and endurance;
  • Reducing your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2-diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers;
  • Replenishing vitamin D in the body;
  • Building the immune system by triggering production of white blood cells;
  • Having a positive impact on gut health by encouraging growth of good bacteria;
  • Healing the trauma of pain;

While Ron likes to hike on his own, he lets others follow their own preference. You can choose to walk with your family members or friends, or pair up with a walking buddy in case you lack the motivation to venture out on your own.

So, all you need to do is put on a pair of walking shoes and step outside for at least 20 minutes every day to appreciate the goodness of nature. In addition to the multiple physical, mental and emotional benefits, an outdoor hike could provide lasting memories, like a beautiful sunset, frolicking squirrels, chirping birds, wild flowers in full bloom, and so on.