Fishing, biking, photography—they're all fun camping activities, but none of them are the most popular. According to the 2013 American Camper Report, 70 percent of campers surveyed said they enjoy hiking, making it the clear-cut favorite. Outdoor cooking came in at a distance second with 32 percent.
Luckily, you don't have to go camping to enjoy this outdoor activity. You can hike anytime and nearly anywhere, all year round. Use hiking as a chance to relax, work out or spend time with friends and family.
Here are three ways you can hike more:
1. Find a Nature Trail
Most cities are surrounded by nature trails; both in parks and neighboring wooded areas. Nearby hiking trails present a great opportunity to hike on the weekend or after work because of their close proximity to your home. Not to mention, nature trails often provide easy terrain with minimal elevation gain, making them ideal for hiking with young kids.
2. Mark Your Calendar
Just like any other appointment, mark a hike on the calendar so that you're more likely to commit to it. Make Sunday hikes a weekly ritual, or a once-a-month family tradition.
Mark your calendar with a camping trip instead of just a hike and spend long days on the trail. If you have minimal vacation time, find a camping spot within 2 hours of your city for a quick, rejuvenating trip.
3. Explore in the Offseason
Hiking season doesn't end when summer does. Hitting the trail in the fall, winter and spring is even better than in the summer. Thanks to cooler temperatures and a change of scenery—fall leaves, snowy trails, budding flowers—it's often more enjoyable too.
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