Hiking is one of my favorite exercises and offers many health benefits. Along with strengthening the quadriceps, hamstrings, thighs, hips and butt, hiking also improves your cardiovascular system. It’s a great alternative to the treadmill, providing more visual stimulation for your brain and fresh air for your lungs. I find the positive mental aspect of hiking to be the best reward. Being out in the open, away from the city, helps me clear my mind and de-stress. I also cherish the feeling of accomplishment when I reach the top or end of a hike.
Find a local hike near you. There are many resources on the Internet that will help point you in the right direction. Click here for one of my favorites.