Take a Hike

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My Friday Five topic this week is Why I Like To Hike.

By hiking, I don’t only mean climbing mountains (though they are fun too). I mean doing walking trails especially ones with a view at the end.

  1. No Pace or Distance To Worry About. 

You can go slow or fast.  Run or Walk.  You can go as far as you want and then go back to where you started.  Pretty simple.

You can do it alone or with friends. Anytime, anywhere.

2. It’s Great Exercise.

Your legs are going up and down. Over rocks and trees.  You also use your arms to help you climb or hold onto trees. It’s a workout!

3. You Get To See Nature At Its Finest.

Trees, flowers, birds, animals.  Butterflies are my favorite.

4. It’s Peaceful.

I spent quite some time on a hike just looking out. You can forget about all the problems in the world.

5. It’s FREE.

Most hiking trails are well-marked, have parking and don’t cost a thing. And there are so many to choose from.  Just download the AllTrails app and take a look.

**6. It can be Challenging.

If you are competitive, there are hiking challenges – The Fire Tower Challenge (Complete 18 in Adirondacks and 5 in Catskills) or be a 46er (climb all the high peaks in the Adirondacks).

Or climb to the top of a mountain. The feeling of reaching the top is just as gratifying as a PR.

Happy Running! Do you like to hike? Do you prefer the challenging ones or just trail walks?


20 thoughts on “Take a Hike

  1. I love hiking and challenging trail walks! It is true, they are relaxing and peaceful.
    In fact, I think hiking is closer to humans’ natural way of moving – running was probably more an exception when running hunting mammoths and the like. 😉
    I am going hiking this weekend and I’m looking forward to it!

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    • Same here…most of the good hikes are at least an hour or more away. I can only go on weekends. It is the best exercise…even better than running.


  2. My hiking boots are 20+ years old so that should give you my answer. In fact, i recently noticed the toe is beginning to come apart so I guess it’s time for some new ones, which is a shame, because I loved them.

    I like both easy walks & challenging hikes, but unfortunately it’s been hard to do challenging right now. The dogs, the husband, etc.


  3. Slowing down to appreciate nature does sound like a great idea. Actually, my husband and I often go for hikes on our “rest” days. It’s great exercise, as you say, and we are actually able to talk as we move. We are lucky to have lots of trails and hills nearby.

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  4. You’ve included so many of the reasons that I love hiking; although, I haven’t hiked as much this summer as I would have liked. I really missed that we couldn’t go on a family trip out west this summer for a week of hiking in some of our beautiful national parks. I have loved seeing all of your pictures from your hikes this spring, summer, and fall!

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  5. Thanks to COVID, we’ve been doing a lot of hiking this year and I really love it! I think we are planning to repeat one of our favorite hikes now that the trees are starting to change colors. Maybe this time we’ll take one of the dogs! I’ve enjoyed seeing all your hikes on IG! Thanks for linking up!

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