Getting out and exercising in the fresh air is a great way to improve your health. Hiking is an excellent cardio workout. It builds muscle mass, and helps reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers. Being out in the sun can also provide intake of Vitamin D.
If you’re new to hiking, it is best to start slow on easier trails. Many state parks have evened out trails, which are a great starting point for all skill levels. From there, you can work your way up to more uneven trails with more diverse terrain.
No matter what your skill level, being prepared for an outdoor adventure is never a bad idea. Packing a cooler to take water, stretching properly and freshening up after a trip are all great ways to make sure you get the most out of your hike. But don’t forget to enjoy your trek with a little excitement, whether it is something as intense as rock climbing, or just enjoying some bird watching.
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