SIMPLY WALKING, WITH OR WITHOUT A DOGGY PAL, is an easy outdoor exercise activity that doesn’t require much advance preparation or planning. A check of the weather to guide choice of apparel and accessories is about as high tech as walkers need to get, especially if the route involves smoothly-surfaced sidewalks or asphalt-paved bike paths.
However, if exercise plans become a bit more adventurous, and the degree of difficulty of the effort is elevated to tackle trails, novices might welcome some knowledgeable assistance from experts. About suitability of a trail for level of experience, choice of trail based on scenery, advance training that will ensure accomplishment of a goal objective and thus enjoyment, and proper gear.
The process of mentally planning for 2018 and beyond may inspire some everyday walkers, runners, and gym exercisers to consider undertaking a personal ‘epic’ adventure. But where to start? There are companies that lead groups or individuals in such endeavors. But the trips are expensive and require a considerable amount of lead-time to schedule, money to finance, and friends to cajole into joining. What if you want to start with something less than truly “EPIC”?
Perhaps just to try hiking half a day in a nearby scenic spot, running a trail race in the winter, or cycling on a fat tire bicycle? Maybe by yourself or with a group that assembles on the spot?
“Take It Outside: what you need to hike, bike, or run trails” by Kelly Mickle is a slideshow article filled with useful information and, best of all, links to more useful information. It’s from fitness.com.
Running on unevenly frozen, snowy roads with patchy ice may be a discouragement to getting outdoors this season. Consider winter hiking and biking as a way to get yourself out of the gym. Mickle’s article suggests that now might be a great time to organize a few new activities.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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