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The lifelong benefits of walking and hiking

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Fitness expert, Denise Druce, tells us about the importance of including walking or hiking in your workouts no matter your age.

Benefits:

  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Heart
  • Strong Bones
  • Positive outlook on the day
  • Strong feet, ankles, and legs
  • Social connection with community

Walking Tips:

  • Get a buddy or walking club for accountability- meet at the same time and place
  • Invest in some good walking shoes and water belt or camelback so you can stay hands-free
  • Skip the hand weights, do you resistance training after you walk
  • Work up from a few minutes to an hour a day
  • Light stretching after your walk

Hiking Tips:

  • Always go with a partner or group
  • Start with small hiking trails and work up to more strenuous hikes
  • Invest in a good pair of hiking shoes and socks
  • Carry a light backpack with water, first aid kit, a loud whistle, poncho and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Consider a sunset or night hike with a group of friends

For more from Denise, go here.