Walking steep hills for an hour or so transformed my mood, i went from depressed and bingeing to energized and the fat seemed to drop quicker than I ever expected. The key I think is that it is great for your mood, try to be irritable after you make it up a hill, impossible, and it ups the metabolism.
Scientists in Japan found that walking in a treed or forested area stimulates an anti-cancer protein in our blood. Imagine your body healing itself as you walk and breath in the fresh air.
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when running uphill, there is a secret that can actually PULL you up in a much easier way than all the huffing and puffing and fear of going uphill :) LEAN IN toward the hill just a LITTLE way until you FEEL your center of gravity about to cause you to fall FLAT on your face :) DO NOT FALL :) but DO tiptoe up the hill as you balance your weight, this takes a LOT of pressure off your leg muscles, NOT forcing them to bear ALL the pressure of PUSHING you up the hill, but allowing your legs to relax
also since most hills have a downside :) do the OPPOSITE while going down hill, LEAN back slightly and imagine you are about to sit on a high stool just enough to take some pressure off your leg muscles, so SIT on the imaginary high chair by leaning back VERY slightly, and bending knees slightly
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