Thanks to Shape magazine, not only do I know about this site, but I am now informed that Saturday, June 4th is National Trails Day. There are about 2,000 events taking place around the US. Apparently you can find them at www.americanhiking.org
Never hiked before? NO problem!!
Let me first state that even when I was super-duper out of shape (like can't walk up a flight of stairs without being winded), I could still do a hard section of trails in my area. This hard-section being comprable to the hardest parts of the Appalachian Trail! It took me a little longer than it takes me now, but I was able to do it.
Why hike? Because you burn an INSANE amount of calories! (How many calories? About 1,000 for 2 hours!!) It truly fulfills the purpose of "food is our energy" (if that makes sense).
Plus, what is better than fresh air?
Custy? Be sure to dress in layers, where comfortable shoes (trail runners are best, but not necessary), comfortable socks (you DON'T want to get blisters!), bring backpack to stuff with goodies (foods high in protein- nuts, granola, oats, etc! In fact, last week, my friend and i split an avacado and used the skin as a bowl and dipped pita bread into it! YUM!) and bring WATER!!!!!!
Definitely check out a trail map (they are almost always online in .pdf form- print it, toss it in your pack).
I personally love bringing my dog (best motivator ever- beagles are hyper)... if you do the same, make sure you bring a leash and poop bags!
I'm taking a couple of my students tomorrow- and I'm giving them extra-credit in return!
Enjoy the weekend!!