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Apr132013

Healthy Lifestyle ~ Take a Hike - National Parks Free Entrance Days

Hawaiian Energy Shotz was developed to provide hours of sustained energy with the cleanest form of nutrients to assure both short-term and long-term benefits to help you excel in your activehealthy lifestyle. Nutrition and Exercise are an integral parts of a healthy lifestyle that will help fuel your body, and your mind, for sustained energy on a day-to-day basis.  Regardless of your level of activity, the important thing is to keep your body moving.   

We looked at the benefits of Walking in the first installment of the ongoing series "Healthy Lifestyle".  What about Hiking?

Regular aerobic exercise, such as hiking, has many benefits, including:

  • Improved cardiorespiratory (heart, lungs and blood vessels) and muscular fitness.
  • Lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type II diabetes.
  • Lower risk of certain cancers, including colon, breast and possibly lung and endometrial cancers.
  • Improved bone health - increased density or a slower loss of density.
  • Reduced depression.
  • Release of adrenaline and endorphins, decreasing tension and anxiety while lifting your mood.  
  • Improved sleep quality.
  • Weight control.
  • Longevity - being active for only 7 hours per week increases your longevity over someone that is active for only 30 minutes per week (risk of "early death" is 40% less if you are active for 7 hours/week vs. 30 minutes/week).
  • Active kids also get many of the same benefits as adults.

Depending on the hike, hiking exercises almost every part of your body, including your mind, while nourishing your imagination and increasing awareness in your senses.  

The National Parks Service, offers "free entrance" days through out the year.  The next free days are April 22-25th.  Upcoming dates August 25th (National Park Service Birthday), September 28th (National Public Lands Day) and November 9-11th (Veteran's Day weekend).  Check the National Park Service website to find a National Park near you.  

What are you waiting for?  Go take a hike!

What are your favorite hiking locations? 

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