Hands down, one of the best parts of being a participant at Green Mountain (definitely not a typical weight loss camp) for me was hiking in Vermont and all of the “Vermontings” (usually long walks through forests, picturesque country roads, etc) we did. These excursions helped me discover that I do like to exercise and enjoy being active, that I actually don’t hate exercise like I thought I did. I realized what I do hate is getting on a machine at a crowded gym where my only options are to stare at a TV screen or a display on the equipment. So I don’t do that anymore, because I know I won’t enjoy it or continue doing it.
When I’m hiking, it doesn’t feel like I thought exercise was supposed to feel. I look forward to it, I enjoy the process and I love how I feel afterwards. Now that I’m living in Vermont, I made a list of all the beginner hiking trails I want to do this summer. I’m okay with moderate hiking trails, too, but my achilles tendon is currently holding me back from pursuing steeper grades.
So far, my friends and I have hiked in Coolidge State Forest, Mt. Wantastiquet in Brattleboro, Mt. Tom in Woodstock, and most recently Lye Brook Falls near Manchester. When I don’t have time for a hike, I also love driving just a few miles from Green Mountain to a favorite walk of mine called North Hill Loop. I’m hoping that, in time, as I figure out what’s going on with my achilles tendon, I’ll be able to take on some of the area’s more famous hikes, such as Mt. Ascutney, the Healdville Trail and even Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.
The important thing is finding an exercise that you love. In doing so, you’re increasing your chances for leading an active lifestyle.
So, I’m looking for more recommendations on beginner hikes in Vermont. Please share your suggestions!