It is Summer. What are you doing inside?
Go out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. There are hundreds of ways to exercise outdoors and one of them is guaranteed to clear your mind, energize your body, and shake your heart. As George Wehrey said, “The outside of the mountain is good for the man on the inside,” so take a walk!
It’s no secret that nature is curative.
Perhaps one of the best medicine you can take is to stay away from wifi and notifications and alarms. Technology does wonders for your body – not the good kind. Computers, phones, tablets – they all tend to cause poor posture, sedentary behavior, and stress. The result? High blood pressure, headache, backache, and an unhappy heart, to name a few. Surprisingly, getting out of the house, soaking up some vitamin D from the sun, breathing in some fresh oxygen, looking at the serenity of nature, and taking time away from the city and work life are all enough to combat stress and its symptoms. Going for a long walk is sure to clear your mind and help you see bigger than life things.
No matter who you are, hiking is for you.
The mountain is your playground. Choose the level of difficulty by choosing a route that suits your needs, including slope, terrain, and length. Many of us complete cardio on the treadmill and equipment in the gym. Instead of pushing “hills” settings, why not do the real thing? Hiking offers more than just real hills – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Unexpected pathways naturally vary in pitch, intensity, and, as a consequence, heart rate. It is an ideal exercise for weight loss and conditioning; It is perfect for any budget; It is perfect even with a group. Lots of hiking perfect for everyone.
It is always a good idea to change up your routine.
Different styles of exercise challenge your body and prevent you from getting bored. Every outing can be different and exciting with new sights and views. Additionally, varied terrain trains balance and stability and increases muscle recruitment. Hiking is beneficial for more than cardio; It’s a great lower body workout too. Don’t be surprised if you feel muscle soreness after days of hiking. DOMS is more likely to occur with eccentric movement — the type of movement you make while hiking uphill. Your muscles will work in ways you’re not used to and that would be great!
Change up your workout and try a fun outing in your area. You will be amazed at what is in your own backyard. We recommend these hikes in our area:
- Red Rocks Park Trading Pass (easy)
- Frenne mountain hike (moderate)
- Lake Bierstadt in Rocky Mountain National Park (easy to hard)