Get healthier and try a Hike Walk Fitness Challenge of 100 miles in 2 months. Tag us with #hikewalk. I lost 14 pounds, improved my health, and so can you!
These are the trails I hike walk near my home in Orange County, Southern California.
One day I would like to hike that mountain you see in the distance, Santiago Peak also called Saddleback Mountain by us in the OC…it is a 15-mile “real” hike straight up. Wow!
What is a Hike Walk?
Well, they are not a true long mountain trail hike with backpacks and food etc. (those sound too scary!), but are a 1-2 hour long strenuous walk with hills and trails, in other words, a cardio workout.
Start by walking on flat sidewalks or trails to condition your body for hike walking, and work up to hills and trails.
What is a hike walk fitness challenge?
Set a goal that is realistic to you, yet a bit challenging. I decided that I can usually hike walk 3 miles in 1 hour. So I decided to start with a 100-mile hike-walk challenge, which is roughly 33 one-hour long walks. Walking 33 days out of 2 months was reasonable yet more than I had done in the past few years, so it was a stretch for me.
Decide what is doable yet a stretch for you, and factor in your timeline, and weather. I live where it doesn’t snow, but when it’s super hot (over 80+) I do not hike in the heat as it’s not safe. I usually go in the early morning or early evening, and love watching the sunsets.
Starting Your Fitness Challenge:
The first few hike walks I did, I couldn’t walk an hour straight and had to stop often and catch my breath on the trails near our home. And boy I worked up a real sweat. After walking those trails over the holidays, soon I could hike walk up to 5 miles without stopping. One day, I just did it and was so happy to see the progress. Our bodies are amazing and adapt quickly, but you have to keep switching up the trails and times to challenge and push your body to do even more than it gets used to doing.
I did a few “real hikes” like the Bump and Grind Trail, a “moderate” 3-mile hike in Palm Springs. It was hard for me, and I had to really push to get to the top. Luckily, I had to my 30 something gal pals to inspire and cheer me on. So hike walk with your friends!
Look online for local trails near your home, it’s fun to try new hikes on vacation, or start a group and take turns picking new trails in your area. My group has done the California Poppy Reserve which was gorgeous beyond words and Joshua Tree National Park where we hiked up to an old gold mine.
WHAT I LEARNED:
~hike/walking 100 miles in 100 days isn’t too hard, just keep at it!
~was I perfect? ah no, but I set a goal and focused on it daily
~good workout shoes are important, buy 2 pairs (on sale) and take care of your feet!
~walking with friends or a start a hiking group, it is fun.. try your local hills, trails, desert, beach, etc.
~on #hikewalks, wear a hat, sunglasses, use a light backpack to carry small water bottles and listen to good music if walking/hiking alone, it makes the time go by faster
~slow steady weight loss is really good, losing a 1 lb a week is what you want : )
~you will gain some muscle weight (thus that scale stays put) which is ok, muscle burns more calories again : )
~set a goal (and post it on FB to keep you accountable) like a #hikewalk of say 100 miles? It is fun, and your friends will cheer you on
~you can turn your health around very quickly; my BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar were all at unhealthy levels. They are now coming into healthy ranges, although I still have some more work to do Dr. B, Dr. L, and Dr. S! : )
The hike walks made all the difference in my 12-pound weight loss during the holidays, (update: Jan 2018 now lost 15.5 lbs) and people say they see a difference. Main changes I feel, are how much easier I fall asleep (and stay asleep), my energy level, and overall ability to accomplish more in a day than I did before the challenge. I am inspired to continue these types of challenges through 2018, and am training with a friend to walk a marathon (26.2 miles in 6.5 hours) in 2018…yikes, sounds pretty impossible right now!
Start on your own challenge, and tag us on social with #hikewalk
All The Best Health,
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