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Hiking provides an inexpensive mode of vacation. Even better, since you will be burning a significant number of calories every day, you might even come back slimmer, rather than heavier. Since hiking is uphill, it burn more calories than traditional walking. Furthermore, the obstacles you encounter during a hike will enhance you balance skills.
Hiking also has some great social benefits. For example, if you live on the East Coast, consider purchasing a membership at the Appalachian Mountain club, which sponsor camping and hiking trips to locations throughout the Appalachian Trail. There are also a number of other hiking organizations throughout the United States.
Studies show that a 150 pound person hiking at two miles per hour will about 240 calories an hour. Other research has proven that hiking can help you control your cholesterol, which will in turn prevent heart disease. Additional benefits include controlling diabetes, preventing osteoporosis and slowing the aging process. Of course, if you live in a polluted urban area, hiking provides a welcome escape into the fresh, clean air! Weight control, heart disease prevention, social benefits and a cheap vacation: What are you waiting for? Go take a hike!
|Sheri Ann Richerson|