5 Reasons To Avoid The Gym – Go Hiking As Exercise Instead

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5 Reasons To Avoid The Gym – Go Hiking As Exercise – Camping For Foodies .com

Go Hiking As Exercise

Exercise … Who me? Never! I bet you know people who think a fitness routine must include working out in a gym. They buy the membership (usually around the first of the New Year), go a few times and then suddenly become too busy to make it there unless a major special event causes them to freak out about not being able to fit in to that ________________ (fill in the blank…wedding dress, tuxedo, holiday gown, whatever) outfit. Hiking as exercise is a much better approach! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

It’s time to tell the truth! Go hiking … get exercise … avoid the gym. It’s that simple!
5 Reasons To Avoid The Gym - Go Hiking As Exercise Instead - Camping For Foodies .com
5 Reasons To Avoid The Gym – Go Hiking As Exercise Instead – Camping For Foodies .com

5 Reasons Hiking As Exercise Beats The Gym

1. Dogs Allowed

Come on Fido … let’s hit the trail! We all love our pets and they need exercise too.
Slurps Travel Dog Bowl. Walking, Hiking! Running! Car Trips! Playtime! Easy To Carry! Easy To Use! To Go Hiking As ExerciseSlurps Travel Dog Bowl. Walking, Hiking! Running! Car Trips! Playtime! Easy To Carry! Easy To Use!

Do you have quality time with your dog? Hiking as exercise is a great way to keep you both smiling! Just remember, don’t get dehydrated. Bring plenty of water for you and your dog. If you use a Dog Travel Water Bowl, it makes it easier for your dog to drink normally. Once the bowl pops open, it stays open without the sides flopping in. It is lightweight and conveniently clips to a belt loop too.

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2. Scenery Allows You To Focus On Nature While Hiking

When working out, some distraction could be a benefit. Lots of people pick up a smartphone, read a book or watch TV while in the gym. Personally, I’d rather experience nature while hiking as exercise.

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Crown Sporting Goods Shock-Resistant Adjustable Trekking Pole and Hiking Staff (Set of 2), Purple, 43-Inch to Go Hiking As ExerciseCrown Sporting Goods Shock-Resistant Adjustable Trekking Pole and Hiking Staff (Set of 2), Purple, 43-Inch

Sure, you could people watch in a gym but the natural beauty of hiking outside is waaaaaay more fascinating. I like to use hiking poles so I stay balanced and on track when experiencing the scenery out in nature while hiking as exercise. Whether you are dumbfounded by the tree that is growing directly out of a rock or getting entertained by the hummingbirds performing a flawless ballet … outdoor scenes never disappoint.

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3. Sunshine Is A Huge Benefit When Hiking As Exercise

Check out why sunlight may make you happier!

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SUNSHINE!!! Doesn’t it just make you happy? It does for me! With so many people staring at computer screens for the majority of their lives, it’s a great excuse to break that pattern with actual, real, natural light. Don’t forget to wear your high SPF sweatproof sunblock so you are only getting the good stuff when you are hiking as exercise.

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4. Fresh Air

When we workout we are bound to sweat and let’s face it … sweat stinks!
Smartwool Men's Hike Ultra Light Mini Socks to Go Hiking As ExerciseSmartwool Men’s Hike Ultra Light Mini Socks

Let’s see … how can I say this without offending anyone … not sure, so here goes: You stink! (I do too!)  The great thing about hiking is that you are out in the fresh air and not in an enclosed building with the perfume of other humans drenched in sweat. And, because we actually WANT to sweat when exercising, I appreciate a good pair of hiking socks with mesh ventilation and a flat knit toe seam. We can all breath a little easier now, can’t we?

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5. Family Friendly Fun

Ask the kids (big or small) which they prefer … The odds are with the outdoor playground.
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If you take the “work” out of workout, you are more likely to stick with it. Being a healthy family is awesome so why not make the journey enjoyable every step of the way? Tracking progress with a fitness band is something that helps keep the enthusiasm high when the entire family is going hiking as exercise together.

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Great resources to find hiking trails in Arizona

Arizona is the perfect place to hit the trail instead of the gym. With hiking trails for every level of hiker, in every corner of the state, you can find the perfect place to get your non-exercise exercise.

Thinking about heading out to a National Park? Check out my blog post to get info on Arizona’s gems in the National Park Service jewel box.

Thinking about hiking in one of Arizona’s National Forests?

Here are even more great hiking resources:

What do you think? Leave me a comment…I’d love to hear from you!

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Kim Hanna

Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

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