Are your bored with your usual work outs at the gym?

Go hiking to add some variety to your workout routine while enjoying the beautiful outdoors this fall season.

Hiking is an active, fun and enjoyable way to exercise. Fall is the perfect season to go on a hike because the temperatures are cool and the colorful scenery is spectacular.

Take advantage of the health benefits of hiking:

Exercises your entire body

Hiking works out your legs, arms, abdominals, hips, shoulders and so on. As you make your way through the tough 647156_72118574terrain, you will strengthen and tone your muscles. Uphill hikes are especially a fun, challenging way to tone up and get in shape.

Good for the heart

Hiking can be an intense cardio workout and can improve your cardiorespiratory fitness. Regular cardio exercise keeps your heart healthy. Additionally, since hiking is much more challenging and intense than running uphill on a treadmill, it can be a more effective way to lose weight because you will burn more calories. When planning to go for a hike, be prepared for quite the workout.

Healthy for the mind

Imagine how you will feel after reaching the end of the trail after a long, strenuous hike. You will most likely feel relieved, happy and stress-free. Hiking can be a therapeutic way to clear your head while exercising your body at the same time. The combination of breathing in fresh air, enjoying the outdoor scenery and exercising will help relieve stress. It’s also a way to enjoy time with family or friends. You go on a  hiking trip for a family vacation to get away from work and enjoy the outdoors.

Before you go for a hike, always remember to:

Wear hiking boots

The rough terrain will be quite a challenge to get through, even in tennis shoes. Hiking boots are designed to help you keep your balance while hiking uphill or through uneven surfaces.

Pack water

When on a hike, you never know where you will have water available. Always bring water just in case. You should be drinking water anytime you are exercising, but it is especially important to frequently drink water during hikes because the sun could beat on you all day and quickly cause dehydration.

Bring High-Protein Snacks

Whether you are hiking for a just a few hours or going for a weekend hiking trip, you will want to pack healthy, high-protein snacks to keep yourself energized. Trail mix with nuts and dried fruit is an easy, filling snack when you’re on the the move.

If you are looking for a more exciting way to exercise this fall, get outdoors and go for a hike with your friends or family. Simply find a trail that fits your skill level and prepare yourself for a good workout.

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