Hiking for beginners does not have to be hard. All it really takes is a good pair of shoes or boots and the right trail. As a matter of fact, hiking boots are not even mandatory, as many light or easy rated trails are usually pretty safe to do wearing a good pair of athletic shoes.
Light difficulty or easy rating trails are ideal for beginner hikers. Such hikes are often rather flat or very gentle in incline. They are also very short in length or duration, as longer hikes are better suited to those who have built up trail endurance.
Thirty years ago, finding hiking trails was not so easy, but the Internet has changed everything. Hiking trails can be found almost anywhere, even in big cities, as there might be hiking trails in long parks or nature preserves, or even urban hiking.
Hiking is not just good exercise but great exercise. It is a combination of cardio and strength building, as it firms up the feet, ankles, calves, knees, quads, thighs, hips, abs, and low back. It is also time outdoors, usually in pretty scenery, and finishing any trail brings a sense of accomplishment that doing an hour on an indoor treadmill never brings. Hiking is popular as it is more recreational than exercise.