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I am not fit enough to climb a local landmark's steep 1.6 mile trail. For now, a friend drops me off at the top of the hill. Resisting gravity provides a good workout, and I am forced to walk the entire course to get a ride home with my friend, who waits at the bottom of the hill.
Walking steep grades works a different set of muscles than treadmill or flat course walking. It also places more stress on the knees. Make sure to wear friction free socks and quality shock absorbing shoes.
I remember a long time ago trying to read a book on a stationary bike and found it difficult. Don't know why. I love bringing a library book (or my nook) and setting the stationary bike for random hill intervals now. Reading makes the workout go by super fast, and makes stationary bikes a lot more interesting! Try it!
My exercise of choice is biking. By being involved in my local bike club I meet people to exercise with. Not only does it keep me fit, I know if I gain weight it's going to be harder to keep up on the hills!
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