Monday, March 26, 2012

Hike Away the Fat

I love to hike. So a couple of friends and I spent most of Saturday on a little hiking excursion. Apart from the jabs I got on Twitter about how black people don’t hike, I had a lot of fun as usual. All I can say is after 5 hours in the woods, I certainly burned hundreds of calories more than the folks who told me I’m not black enough. So I win!

But seriously, why do we have a problem with hiking? The dictionary defines a hike as simply a long walk, especially for pleasure or exercise. Is it that we don’t like walks or we don’t like exercise? Does this have something to do with our rate of obesity?

Sometimes, our health is not based on how much we do the intense exercises, but how well we can incorporate the little things into our daily schedule, like taking the stairs, parking a little distance from the main entrance at Walmart, or taking a hike.

Yes, there are different levels of terrain, but if you walk on relatively flat trails, a hike should not be the most difficult thing in the world. You go at an easy pace, spend some time out with the fresh air, and burn some calories in the process. And if you are with your friends, you get in some good quality time as well. So it’s all a win-win.

I would challenge you all to try a hike for a couple of hours somewhere near you. There is an app called AllTrails that you can use to find hiking trails around you, especially if you are a beginner. It tells you how far the trail is, what kind of terrain it is, and how many miles long it is. Remember to pack some water and take your friends with you. Let me know how you feel after. Refreshed?

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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