Let nature be your gym!

21 Aug

Sometimes we get fooled into believing that we have to go to a gym to get a proper work out. Not true.

My daughter and I checking out the geocache we found while hiking the Hunt Lake trail.

Last week while camping I went for a hike on the beautiful HuntLake trail in eastern Manitoba. The views were spectacular! The terrain was rugged, and that’s what made it a great workout.

There were steep inclines and rocky uneven surfaces. Like a Bosu ball, a typical peice of equipment found in a gym, the uneven terrain forces you to use your muscles differently. You need to incorporate a whole range of different muscle movements in order to maintain your balance. By adjusting your speed and the distance you hike, you can tailor your workout to your own fitness level.

The Hunt Lake trail is supposedly 16 kms long. We chose to do slightly less than half. I would love to do the whole trail someday when I have plenty of time, and when I have built up my endurance level. Since my concussion I have had to increase my activity levels gradually. I’m currently up to approximately 6 kms of walking.

That’s what makes hiking great; you can tailor it to your own abilities. It’s also a great way to get the whole family involved.

You can even make a game of it. Many people do and we stumbled upon the evidence. Quite by accident we found a geocache! Geocaching is basically a treasure hunting game using your GPS to guide you. Someone hides a “treasure”- usually a waterproof container with a log book inside. They will then share the GPS coordinates online so others can go in search of it. Maybe this would be a good way to get the tech lover in the family to try hiking?

If you have young kids, it’s never too early to start hiking with them.  Start with short easy hikes while they’re young and gradually increase the difficulty.  If you wait until your kids are older to start hiking, there is a chance they might not have a great attitude towards it.  By starting young, they will come to view these types of activities as a normal and probably enjoyable part of life.

Do you have a favorite hiking trail?  Reply to this blog and share some great hiking trail ideas so we can all enjoy them!

 

 

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2 Responses to “Let nature be your gym!”

  1. The Landy August 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    So true, why run indoors on a bright sunshine day, I can never figure that out?? We walk section of the Great North Walk (Sydney, Australia) regularly!! How about you?

    • livingsimplywell August 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      I’d love to hike the West Coast Trail in British Columbia, Canada. I’m trying to recruit some friends. I better get off the couch and get fit for it!

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