Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Trails.

We are half way through September and the weather is turning brisk and the air crisp. This is the perfect time to plan a hiking day trip.

If you are looking for a workout, hiking offers an opportunity to break a sweat. The level of excursion is not as high as most other exercises, so here are two ways to get the cardio health benefits of hiking.

  1. First you will want to walk for more than 20 minutes. This consistently keeps your heart rate up and starts to burn calories. However, 20 minutes isn’t really going to cut it unless you do it every day. So, to really break a sweat and build stamina, you want to hike at least an hour. If it sounds like a lot, keep in mind you are going 30 minutes in one direction and 30 minutes back.
  2. Second method is to go up. By up, I mean to hike a trail with elevation changes. Generally, a trail that goes up at a slight incline for a long time is better than one that goes up. Time is a key factor, so try to find a trail that isn’t going to wipe you out in the first 200 feet.
Here are a few local trails to get you started:
  • Walkabout Trail – Chepachet, Rhode Island
  • Arcadia Management Area – West Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • Emily Ruecker Wildlife Refuge – Tiverton, Rhode Island
  • Block Island Greenways – Block Island, Rhode Island
Great workout, fresh air and picturesque scenery, now that's what I'm talking about!

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