Hiking your way to better health and fitness.
As you may already be aware, The Hills Health Ranch has an extensive hiking trail network. With over 20,000 acres The Hills offers over 150 km of mapped hiking trails and a further 100 km of unmapped trails. Our fitness and weight loss programs focus on hiking and the outdoors. Not only is it very good for you, but it is an activity that you can do at home with very little or no cost. Everyone knows that hiking is good for you and is something we should do more often. However, there are many benefits to hiking that once in a while we need to be reminded of. For example: Being out doors is a good way to get the needed Vitamin D especially during the winter months when we tend to spend more time indoors.
Exercise does not need to involve a long, painful and boring workout at the gym. A brisk 30-minute hike with the dog, or a slower one-hour hike through a local park 3 to 4 times a week is far more beneficial than a 1 or 2 hour workout at a gym. According to the Heart Association, it’s best to walk vigorously for 30 to 60 minutes three or four times per week. But even low - to moderate intensity walking can have both short - and long-term benefits. There are other numerous benefits including controlling obesity and type 2 diabetes to preventing heart disease and hypertension. What’s more, hiking can also help you lose weight and is a joint-friendly form of exercise helping arthritis suffers to be more limber and mobile