Hiking is an incredible way to get a workout, clear your mind and experience something beautiful.
Our sedentary lifestyles stick us in an office, in front of a computer and in the car. Move your body and burn some calories.
A hike can be anything from a 20 minute walk at a trail nearby to a full day hike at a state park. Either way, you get outside and are moving.
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Other than burning calories, here are five more great benefits:
Stay Limber and Strong
Fully extending and flexing the muscles will help keep your joints limber and your leg and core muscles strong.
Minimal Equipment Needed
Depending on the difficulty of the hike, you won't need much more than walking shoes and water.
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Getting the Family Together
Getting out in nature, without distractions, might be just what the family needs to bond.
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Set Your Pace
You can make a hike as challenging as you'd like. Charge up a hill or take your time.
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Find peace and quiet in the outdoors. Relax in the breeze, the beautiful views and waterfalls.
The benefits of hiking are endless. Go ahead, turn off the cell phone, park the car, and take a hike.
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Hit the trails at a hiking event.