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National Take a Hike Day

senior couple with their backs facing the camera, carrying small backpacks as they hike through a forest in the mountains during fall.

I hope you're all doing well and keeping those joints, muscles, and nerves in check as the chilly November days roll in. Tomorrow is National Take a Hike Day - an annual event where you get outside and enjoy some fresh air, all while providing your body with some much-needed exercise.

Now, before you dismiss the idea because it's getting cold outside, hear me out. Trust me, I've been there, done that, and I've got the sore knees to prove it. But you know what? There's something about taking a brisk walk in the great outdoors that can do wonders for both our bodies and souls.


The Benefits of Hiking

1. Boosts Your Mood: There's nothing like a dose of fresh air and the beauty of nature to lift your spirits. If you're feeling a bit down, a hike can be just the pick-me-up you need.

2. Keeps You Fit: You don't need a fancy membership to break a sweat. Hiking is a low-impact exercise that gets your heart pumping and your muscles moving. It's like Mother Nature's gym, with better views.

3. Good for the Heart: It gets that ticker of yours pumping. The cardio benefits are real, and hiking helps maintain a healthy heart.

4. Good for the Joints: Walking on uneven terrain activates those joints, helping to keep them supple and well-oiled. It's like a massage for your hips and knees! But, you know, the kind you don't have to book an appointment for.

5. Connection with Nature: We spend so much time indoors these days. Hiking is like hitting the refresh button, reconnecting us with the natural world and all its beauty.


Fun Facts about Hiking:

  1. The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring almost 2,200 miles in length.
  2. Currently, M.J. “Nimblewill Nomad” Eberhart is the all-time oldest Appalachian Trail thru-hiker (he was 83 when he set the record in 2021).
  3. Hiking is the fourth most popular outdoor activity in the US behind running, fishing, and biking.
  4. During WWII, all hiking signposts in Switzerland were taken down to avoid revealing valuable route information to potential invaders.  
  5. In Japan, slowly walking in a forest is called Shinrin-yoku, which means something like forest bathing. They did field experiments, and they found so many health benefits that they now have special Shinrin-yoku hiking trails!


Now, I get it; it's not summer anymore, and the thought of a chilly hike might not be the most enticing. But here's the trick - layer up. Make sure you're dressed like a walking onion with plenty of warm clothes. It's better to peel off layers if you get too toasty than to shiver your way through it.

So, my friend, consider celebrating National Take A Hike Day this November. It's a great way to bond with family and friends, keep your body in tip-top shape, and refresh your spirit. Those aches and pains might just take a hike of their own.


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