Forget the Gym – Go Hiking
Go Hiking As Exercise
You buy the membership (usually around the first of the New Year), go a few times and then suddenly become too busy or note motivated to make it there.
The cost, the gym culture, the smells, the egos and attitudes it’s all too much.
It’s time to tell the truth! Go hiking … get exercise … avoid the gym. It’s that simple.
Personally, I’d rather experience nature while hiking in the wilderness, trails, and mountains for my exercise. For any exercise program to be sustainable and successful, you need to make it fun and avoid injuries. One of my top hiking gear tips is to use hiking poles for stability and balance. In the winter two poles and in the summer one pole.
Most people believe that the serotonin you soak up from the sun’s rays does more than boost your mood – it might also help you get more restful sleep at night. Working in tandem with serotonin is melatonin, a chemical in your brain that lulls you into slumber and one that sun also helps your body produce.
Let’s see … how can I say this without offending anyone … You STINK! and it’s day after day after day and no matter how bad you STINK, I and the rest of us need to suffer.
The great thing about hiking is that you are out in the fresh air and not in an enclosed building with the perfume of other humans drenched in sweat. And, because we want to sweat when exercising, I appreciate a good pair of hiking socks with mesh ventilation and a flat knit toe seam. We can all breathe a little easier now, can’t we?
If you take the “work” out of workout, you are more likely to stick with it. Being a healthy family is awesome so why not make the journey enjoyable every step of the way? Tracking progress with the Pacer App is something that helps keep the enthusiasm high when the entire family is going hiking as exercise together.
Get out and Hike.
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