Hike Your Way To Health!
Aside from the spectacular views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature; going for a hike is actually a powerful cardio workout that can lower risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as:
- Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise
- Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs
- Strengthen your core
- Improve balance
- Help control your weight
- Boost your mood. “Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety,” says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. “Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.”
With summer just around the corner, it is time to get outside and enjoy this beautiful province we are so blessed to call home. Each year, I am fascinated by how many NEW lakes and sites I hear about that are literally right in our back yard. Here is a list of 4 spectacular day trips that are between White Rock and Chilliwack, so no excuse to not get outside, hike and feel some leg burn and breathe the fresh air! These hikes will range in experience level from novice day hikers to experienced trekkers.
PS. For families with small children, don’t miss Teapot Hill!