Fitness Friday: Five Reasons to “Go Take a Hike”

By Marsha Hudnall on 07/20/2012
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Many women who come to Green Mountain reconnect to exercise and rediscover their joy of movement by just being more active outdoors again. Volleyball games, walking the logging trail, and shorter hikes are among the most popular activities here. I personally love hiking – you can take in the beauty of nature and the health benefits are numerous. Here are the top 5 reasons I encourage you to “take a hike” this weekend. Drumroll, please…

You’ll work your large muscle groups: Moving throughout different and unpredictable terrain will work your legs, hips, glutes, knees, ankles, arms, back, and abdominals. And all these work to create stability and movement. Working large muscle groups also ignites your mind and awareness!

You’ll smile: Hiking is a great movement to view the beauty of nature and forget about the stress back in the office, at home, in traffic. Notice and appreciate the sounds, the animals, flowers, foliage, lakes, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks. It’s rare to meet a hiker who’s not smiling!

It’s social: Hiking is a great way to hang out with friends, family and even a canine companion. Instead of meeting up at Starbucks, pick a nearby trail.

You’ll be sharper: Feeling sluggish after a long work week? Moving outside may enhance cognitive function and increase mood states which, in turn, may reduce stress, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and in a better state of mind!

It’s free: Most walking and hiking trails are free, no gym membership or punch card required! You might want to bring a camera, though!

Watch today’s Fitness Friday video for some tips on what else you need to bring on a hike. And let us know if you have any tips you want to share!

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3 Responses (Add Yours)

  • I absolutely love hiking. I’ve been able to find a local group of women that go to various forest preserves for small hikes on Saturdays. Then a couple times a year we will stay overnight in state parks. It’s such a great way to experience nature and joyful movement within an authentic community of women. Hiking is where it is at! :)

  • My absolute favorite activity. There are so many things we can do to be good to our bodies, but a walk out in nature, whether it’s alone or with friends or loved ones, is good for the soul.

  • Victoria says:

    Hiking is one of my favorite ways to exercise and have fun! We recently hiked Pack Monadnock in southern NH and had a great time! It felt exhilarating at the summit. I find it relaxing and it gives me a nice sense of accomplishment. On Friday, I’m flying out to Denver to join a group hiking for 12 days in Rocky Mountain National Park. We’ll be backpacking, so carrying all of our equipment. It’s a great way to improve your body composition. It’s called Fitpacking – check it out! http://fitpacking.com/2012/RMNP.aspx

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