Sunday, January 18, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Around this time of year, I begin getting into shape for hiking that starts in the spring. When hiking off trails on rocks, steep paths and wet terrane it is important that I am able to balance myself. Depending on how long I plan on hiking for, I work on my endurance so I am able to keep going for as long as I can. Sometimes hiking around Ithaca involves climbing over obstacles, jumping from rock to rock and running (in case of bees - haha) A few exercises I do gear up for hiking are listed below:
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Hiking is fun and great exercise, but it can be dangerous if not taken seriously. My husband and I went hiking at Treman State Park last June. We decided to hike the Gorge Trail because it follows the edge of the gorge - great for picture taking. After walking for about a half hour, we stopped for a short break. While I was taking pictures, Brad was stung by a bee. Unfortunately, he is highly allergic to bee stings. Luckily we got back to the car in time so he could administer an epinephrine shot. I can't stress enough how important it is to be safe when hiking. We should have been hiking an epinephrine shot in our backpack.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Hiking in Ithaca is exhilarating and accompanied by amazing scenery. Summer 2008 holds a special place in my heart. My husband and I adopted our puppy Max from the SPCA and enjoyed many walks and hikes before the cold weather set in.
For the summer months, we walked Max at Cass and Stewart Park. He was too small to climb rocks and steps for any length of time at Buttermilk Falls or The Robert H. Treman Park. Once fall began, Max was a little bigger and able to handle longer walks and even learned how to climb the stairs in our home. We tested his skills at Taughannock Falls. We walked around the edge of the lake for a while and also threw the Frisbee around with him. After a replenishing picnic, we walked up a trail. Max made it half way up before he stopped and needed a puppy nap. He did great for his first hiking adventure. We look forward to summer 2009! Max will be bigger and stronger for even longer walks and hikes.
Hiking is one of my favorite things to do for exercise. It gets my heart rate up and strengthens my muscles a great deal. One of the most challenging hikes for me is located at Robert H. Treman Park. There are many trails you can travel in this beautiful park, but I believe the best workout is the Rim Trail. It looks like a staircase made of rock. The steps eventually climb higher than the tall trees in the park. When I reach the top of this stone staircase, I feel like I have reached the top of the world. This hike is a rigorous workout!
Hiking is a huge stress reliever. It clears my mind and allows me to take my frustrations out by climbing or running up and down trails. Hiking and walking can help reduce stress and increase endorphins that aide in changing my state of mind.
Hiking is a great full body workout. It works the upper and lower legs, hips and butt, abs, shoulders and neck. Hiking is a fabulous way to lose weight and stay fit. Not only does it burn calories, but it helps build muscle too!
Happy Hiking Friends!