If you’re feeling ancy and out of sorts (this happens to me, too), there’s nothing like a little fresh air and good ol’ Mother Nature.  It doesn’t have to be a difficult hike – it can be more like a stroll!  Just go do it.  If you’re not sure where to go, get online and find some awesome places in your area!  A great resource is AllTrails.  You can enter your City and see what comes up.  You can check out maps, get driving directions, and see all the features.  Bring the family or a friend! Why not share the experience?

The app is pretty fabulous!  The free version (good enough if you don’t plan on being an avid hiker any time soon) will keep track of your favorite trails, record your activity, and connect with fellow hikers so you can feed off each other’s energy – which helps!  You can get ideas for great family outings, too, just by seeing where others have gone.  When you’re ready for more, $2.50 per month will get you the Pro version.  It offers a whole lot more, so if interested check it out!

The benefits of going on a hike are pretty epic!

  • Lose weight
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Build strength and endurance
  • Increase bone density (who wants osteoporosis?!)
  • Improve balance and core strength
  • Lightens mood

Another cool thing you can do is bring your camera!  Not only can you capture evidence of you having a great time, you can also take great photos of all the beautiful things you may see.  A good hike can boost your creative juices – after all, nature has plenty of eye candy for you – especially at sunrise or sunset.

Remember to START SLOW if you’re not used to physical activity!  And don’t forget your sunscreen and WATER, either. Be sure to bring plenty.

– Kim

The mountains are calling and I must go…
– John Muir