It’s that time of year again! The snow is melting, the sun is shining and the nice weather has only just begun. Time to hit the trails; it is the perfect time of year for a nice long, leisurely hike up a freshly cleared mountain side. The air is still cool enough and there is a warm spring breeze so you can hike comfortably.
I exercise just about every day and every time I have gone hiking my body has been sore like no other for days afterwards. Hiking is like taking the stairs times 10. It is an amazing workout for your legs and buttocks, and also provides health benefits like reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, reduced triglyceride levels, and new studies are showing even more health benefits than researchers ever thought.
Hiking is not easy by any means but you can learn to incorporate it into your everyday life by making it a weekend event to bring your family or friends to or just hike by yourself with your own thoughts. You can challenge your body while enjoying a peaceful walk, and take pleasure in the outdoors.
Like running, you need to start out at a comfortable pace and take breaks when your body tells you to. Bring plenty of water, snacks and a light jacket for when you reach the top of the mountainside. No matter where you hike, the view of being hundreds of feet above trees, water, the sun on the horizon and the land below, will be breathtaking. The rest at the top of the mountain is totally worth the leg pain it took to get you there, so relax for as long as you need to and enjoy the view.