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  • Writer's pictureGregory D. Hamilton

Mother Nature's Calling!


Fall Hiking: Accept the Invitation to Move


Do you hear Mother Nature calling?

How can you resist the temptation to get out and enjoy the cooler temps and the mesmerizing transformation of fall foliage? Even if it means a short drive to reach the perfect spot, the rewards of nature are worth it.

But there is more to this than just a visual treat. With a fall hike or even a stroll outdoors, you get a super-charged workout that does not feel like exercise.

So, whether alone or with others, invest in an autumn hike and embrace the fitness benefits of being able and active. And if you are not confident about your fitness level, contact me. I am here to help boost your strength, endurance, and agility. Life is too precious to spend seated, so get moving!

Health Benefits of Fall Hiking


  1. You’ll Burn More Calories Than Just Walking. When hiking, you are often on uneven terrain, which engages more muscles than walking on a flat trail. Stepping over rocks, roots, and other obstacles is great for your balance and posture. And a moderately paced hike can torch 300 to 500 calories per hour.

  2. Mental Health Boost. The serene ambiance of the great outdoors is a powerful mood enhancer and stress reliever. Nature has an uncanny ability to calm your mind, helping you find solace amidst the rustling leaves and crisp autumn air.

  3. Cardio Endurance. Hiking isn't just about getting your heart pumping; it is about doing it effortlessly. You are not out there to specifically improve your cardiovascular health, but that is precisely what happens as you ascend those trails, naturally boosting your heart and lung strength.

  4. Use All Your Leg Muscles. Your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves work tirelessly with each step, toning and strengthening your lower body. But that is not all; your core muscles get an unexpected workout as they stabilize you on uneven terrain.

  5. Upper Body Engagement. Add trekking poles or carry a backpack. These additions make your hike more challenging while providing resistance training for your arms, shoulders, and back, ensuring a full-body workout.


A 2 for 1 Win

Exercising is good for you.

Being outside is good for you.

So that makes hiking doubly good for you.

Plus, you get to pack healthy snacks and lunches for your outing. Skip chips and candy bars in favor of:


  • Seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries

  • Homemade trail mix with almonds, pumpkin seeds, and other nuts and seeds

  • Plenty of water before, during, and after your excursion


Being fit is not just about physical health. It is also about enjoying yourself. Fall hikes are a profound gift to get in tune with nature, experience sunshine, and fresh air, and meditate while in motion.

Leave the smartphone in the car, turn your face to the sun, and get moving.

Remember, Mother Nature is extending her hand. Will you accept her invitation?

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