Physical activity is important especially later in life. People become more sedentary, when they should focus on engaging in daily exercise. One of the best physical activities you can do is to hike. I love hiking. I don’t even think of it as exercise, but just enjoying myself.
There is nothing better than being out in nature, hiking trails familiar or not so familiar, breathing the air and absorbing the beauty around you. Most of my hikes range from 2-5 hours long depending on the trail.
Last summer I joined my friend on her hiking goal to hike 4 peaks, all above 8,000+ ft elevation, totally about 15 miles. Over the summer we had hiked the peaks separately, in preparation for our big hike. At the end of summer, we had the perfect day for hiking. It took us the day to complete all of them. We had a blast accomplishing the goal.
Another fun hiking goal for me is hiking 14er’s (14,000+ ft elevation mountains). Those are a little more challenging. The biggest consideration is the weather. You need to plan according to the weather forecast. You don’t want to get caught above tree line if a thunderstorm is rolling in. There are many deaths from lightning strikes, so if you are hiking a 14er you need to leave early in the morning before sunrise to start your hike.
Last year I was fortunate to summit 4 peaks:
- Bross (14,172′)
- Lincoln (14,286)
- Cameron (14,238′)
- Longs Peak (14,255′)
Each hike has it’s own difficulty associated with it, and of course the length of the route varies. The difficulty levels are Class 1, 2, 3 & 4. The class 3 & 4’s are more technical, with more exposure. Don’t get me wrong, some of the class 1 & 2 routes have some exposure and is intimidating if you are afraid of heights. Face your fears!
It feels good to cross one-off the list and figure out which one you will tackle next.
What’s your favorite cardio exercise?
Love and hugs,
- Decide to add cardio exercise into your day. Spring is coming, time for new routines. Make exercise part of yours. Build a strong body!