Summer is just around the corner which means the days are longer and the sun is out more. Most of us have spent the winter hibernating inside or only getting outside to move our body once every few weeks. Now is the perfect time of year to start a new exercise routine or just simply vow to get out more with your dog.
Walking is the simplest form of exercise and often the one that you are more likely to stick with. However, for significant health gains you need to get your blood pumping. Hiking not much harder than walking but helps you get fitter.
Hiking is so great because it gets you out in nature, away from the normal day-to-day stressors. I won’t lie, it is not always easy (I end up sweating every time) but the rewards at the top are worth it.
In the northwest, hiking trails almost always lead to a great destination like a high mountain top where you can see for miles, to an amazing waterfall, secluded lake or colorful wildflower meadow. Wherever you are in the country, there will always be a pot of gold at the end of your hike.
I have hiked thousands of miles over the years and regularly hike with Chester and Gretel. I am not a personal trainer but I do know about getting in shape for hiking so I put together a little series for beginners called Couch to Peak, designed to take you from your couch, through increasingly more difficult hikes, to a 4-6 mile hiking “summit”.
This training plan includes walking regularly during the week and introduces progressively harder weekend hikes. I have a general outline for the progression of the hikes but I will make them harder or easier than planned based on the needs of the group.
For each training hike I will give the information for length, elevation and perceived effort level of the trail so if someone can’t come with us they can find something similar on their own. That way they can still keep up with the group.
I am scheduling one group walk during the week and one weekend hike for the 7-week program though the Adventureweiner Club of Seattle™ to keep people accountable and have some fun with other weiner dog owners. Come join in the fun at and get in shape for the summer. Our first group walk is tomorrow.