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  1. Cindy

    I totally agree, hiking is good for the body and mind. I would love to go on a hike together if I didn’t scare you off last year! (Remember my knee started bothering me.😏)

  2. I love walking and hiking, although I don’t hike as much as I’d like since that would mean planning and a drive, while walking means just putting on my sneakers and going out the door. Good advice about bringing – and drinking – enough water. It’s so easy to not drink enough and the consequences can be disastrous.

    Is that lovely waterfall close to your house?

    • I agree that a quick walk (or run) is easier to do spontaneously, but a great hike is worth the planning on occasion. The pictured waterfall is less than an hour’s drive and a 3-mile hike from my home. Utah is full of beautiful hikes. If you ever get out this way, be sure to contact me. I’d love to take you on a hike or just give you some suggestions.

  3. Hi, Christie – Thank you for this very timely post. Hiking is my absolute favourite physical activity. I agree that it is perfect for the body, the mind, and the spirit. My husband and I have just been sitting here discussing our next big travel adventure and have been looking seriously at the Italian section (1000 km) of the Via Francigena Hiking Trail. https://www.viefrancigene.org/en/. I’ll keep you posted on what we decide from here.
    BTW – Although I am a regular subscriber to your blog, somehow I didn’t receive a notice of this post last week. I will investigate now and try to correct this. #MLSTL

    • Hiking in Italy sounds divine. Whatever you decide to do, I know it will be an adventure. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks for letting me know that you did not receive notice of this post; I’ll check my mailing list to make sure there is no problem on my end. Have a wonderful day, Donna!

  4. I end up doing lots of hiking when I’m out with my dogs simply because the terrain of my 33 acres is so varied. I totally agree, Christie, that hiking is as beneficial for our souls as it is for our bodies. I just wonder when my body is going to get with the program and recognize that the hills we’re climbing are the same hills we’ve been climbing for months and I shouldn’t still be finding them a challenge!

    Oh, and I carry an air horn just in case I run into any bears. Every year someone comes in the driveway to tell me that they saw a bear loping across my property. The woods are lovely to hike in and I’m pretty sure the bears would have kept motoring south but…. #MLSTL

    • I laughed when I read your comment that your body wasn’t getting the message that the hills shouldn’t be a challenge anymore. I feel that way every time I wake up sore after an Orangetheory workout. I’ve been going for seven months now! I guess that means our bodies are still working though; we don’t have to worry about getting complacent. The thought of coming across a bear would scare me. The trails I’ve been hiking are pretty popular, so most wildlife keeps a safe distance. I’ve seen deer, rabbits, wild turkeys, a moose, and lots of squirrels. A few people tell me they’ve seen snakes. Luckily, I have yet to run across one.

  5. Hi Christie – I love walking, hiking, and running short distances. Utah is a beautiful state for these activities. I exercise indoors during the cold months or on hot humid days, and outdoors other times. Thanks for sharing your good safety tips, too.

  6. I love hiking but don’t do much any more. It just seems too much trouble to pack up and drive to a place to hike, versus just walking locally. You are so lucky to live in an area that has so many beautiful options so close! Although this week, beach walking is helping me with the body and soul elements!

    • The beach is definitely a good option for treating the body and soul. We don’t have one of those close by. I guess that’s why so many of our vacations involve going to the beach.

  7. It’s funny – I’ve never thought of all those benefits of hiking Christie. I’m more of a flat ground walker, but when we do go for a bit of a hike I always feel like I’ve exercised more and used muscles that I forgot I had. My husband is the hiker in the family (and the runner) but we have been trying to do more “Leanne friendly” hikes when the weather is nice.

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

    • I should confess that I am a conservative hiker. I like a well-groomed trail where I don’t feel as if I will fall. I don’t mind distance or even some steepness, if I feel secure. If the trail is too narrow, and there is a steep drop off to the side, or if it is a steep incline with loose rock, I’m out. Thanks as always for the #MLSTL linkup.

  8. As you Christie, I’m a keen joker so was very excited to see your post. I agree with everything here especially hiking being good for your soul. Spending time hiking is thinking time for me. I always feel rejuvenated and feel that I can cope with all that life throws my way after after a few hpurs of bushwalking. It’s amazing the problems U can solve in my head and the blog post ideas that come to me when out hiking. #MLSTL Shared on SM

  9. Hi Christie you are looking fabulous and love the waterfall. You really hit it on the head by showing the benefits of hiking for both our spiritual and physical well being. I’ve done trail running although not often but it can be very challenging. Great tips on keeping safe as well. Thanks for linking up and joining us at #MLSTL and have a great week.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Sue. It was a beautiful waterfall, such a nice reward at the end of the trail. I’ve run on flat trails near my home, but never in the mountains. I’m not surefooted enough. I need to watch my every step when I am hiking. There was a young man that flew right past us running down from the hike in the picture, though; I was pretty impressed.

  10. I love to walk, but honestly it’s been years since I went on a hike. You’re right about the differences and how hiking uses different muscles. I can still remember how sore I was the next few days after my long, long hike! I would be wiser the next time around and definitely use your tips 🙂

    • Hello Candi. Starting slow is definitely best for most things. I remember when I started running. I thought I would just go for three easy miles with a walk-break midway. Ha! I barely made it a half-mile before I was gasping for breath. Luckily, my body forced me to slow down in that case. I hope you will try a small hike, though, and then come back and tell us all about it. Have a wonderful day!

  11. Christie when I think of hiking I always think about the woods or up and down hills and I am not crazy about either. lol I do like to walk on the beach or near water. I do think walking is good for both the body and the mind and need to do more of it.

    • I do love the mountains, but I also love the beach. Sadly, there are no beaches close to me. When planning vacations, my husband and I often choose someplace near the ocean to fill that need.

  12. I used to do much more hiking before and I loved it. Would even do some hut hikes in New Hampshire, which were always fun. I need to get back out in nature. #MLSTL

    • Yes, Cherie, thanks for adding to the list of benefits–better sleep. I think it’s both the time outdoors and the physical exertion; both are conducive to better sleep.

  13. I enjoyed reading the benefits you listed Christie and as a keen hiker, bushwalker, cyclist I understand them well. I’m fortunate to have a forest near my house and enjoy walks regularly. It’s good to clear the head as much as for the exercise gained. Great tips too. 😊

    • It is lovely to have forest areas close to home, isn’t it? We’re blessed with an abundance of nature varieties in Utah. I love them, but do not take enough advantage. I’ve been trying to remedy that in the past two years.

    • I started very easy and am gradually pushing myself a little more. I still like a well-groomed (safe) trail, but I’m going longer and steeper. Good luck with your next hike!

  14. Good to read all the benefits of hiking. We love walking/hiking in mountains or on the beach, both have their own rewards. We do one hike that has both in that it is walking along a cliff trail with the ocean below. It is a good safe track, like you, I have to feel safe and not like I will fall over the edge.
    We will feature your inspiring post on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Kathleen

  15. ‘Hopping over from the Blogging Grandmothers Party. What a great post! We absolutely *LOVE* hiking and here in Arkansas there are lots of beautiful trails to explore. I especially like your advice to plan extra time and pack extra water. Wonderful tips! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  16. Great Post! I agree that hiking is good for the body and soul! I am planning on doing a lot more of it! Thanks for co-hosting at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty 29

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