Like many others, I have found many health benefits from my hobby of photographing nature.
There is the quiet solitude that affords one the opportunity to silence the incessant internal dialog that continually runs through the mind, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. If one wants to lower stress and blood pressure, there is no better way.
There is also the benefit of exercise. The degree of one’s workout depends on where one is hiking to, and the terrain that is traversed. Carrying the camera gear over just an easy mile hike will burn calories and strengthen muscles overall.
And last but not least, there is the activity to keep the brain sharp. While photographing nature, one is always alert to the surroundings, checking for patterns of light and shadow, seeking wildlife, and mentally evaluating the unfolding scenes for photographic opportunities.
So with all the benefits and enjoyment, go forth and shoot. The benefits are many.