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


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

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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