Limitless hiking in St. Anton am Arlberg
With a more than 300 kilometres long network of hiking trails in St. Anton am Arlberg, the Tirolean Alps are open to holidaymakers for long hikes in the healing mountain air. Well-marked trails of varying lengths and difficulty lure you into the nature of the Verwall Group and the Lechtal Alps. And the Arlberger Bergbahnen help you reach the summit faster: They lift you to Rendl, Gampen, Kapall, Galzig and the highest peak in the region, the 2,811 metre-high Valluga. Particular highlights in the region are the Alpine Rose Trail and the Mountain Spirit Trail. Both have been awarded the Bergwege seal of approval by the state of Tirol for many years. If you prefer to be accompanied, the summer card allows you to take part in a guided hike free of charge. Individual tours can, of course, also be booked at the Arlberg-Arena [e-mail] mountain hiking school. The ‘Interactive map ’ provides an overview with important information about the tours, such as duration, altitude and length. The emergency app ‘Bergrettung Tirol’ offers more precise and faster location seeking of mountain hikers who may need assistance after an accident in the alpine region (read more).
Mountain hiking improves health
The mountains are not only used for pleasure, they also have positive effects on the state of health. The AMAS 2000 altitude study (Alpine Moderate Altitude Study) was carried out in the Arlberg by the University of Innsbruck. Since 1998, this scientific study has investigated the health benefits of a mountain holiday taken between 1000 and 2000 metres altitude.
Numerous tests on people between the ages of 39 and 65 showed that mountain hiking leads to weight loss, improves blood sugar, and blood lipid metabolism, and has positive neuro-psychological effects.
In addition, it was repeatedly found that attitudes towards life became more positive, the quality and duration of sleep increased, and negative sensitivities decreased. Hiking also contributes to the economization of cardiovascular behaviour: Increased blood pressure values decreased and, in some cases, antihypertensive agents could be reduced or even discontinued.
Furthermore, mountain hiking led to an increase in young red blood cells, there was a better transport of oxygen, and the risk of thrombosis was reduced. The secret of the recreational value when hiking in the mountains, the study concluded, lies in the mobilization and economization of forces. So, not only is hiking in the mountains great for your body, it’s also great for your mind...