I was super stoked to get home this afternoon and begin this blog!
As I continue to shake things up with my cardio, I want to share one of my all-time favorite “active-rest” day activities, that I have incorporated the last two weeks, hiking.
Hiking is a minimalist sport; it requires a decent pair of shoes, and if venturing out on longer adventures, a camelback or perhaps a fanny-pack (and who doesn’t appreciate a good fanny pack). It’s one of those activities that relatively anyone, at any fitness level can benefit from. You don’t need to go hard-core rugged to reap the many benefits of hiking.
Last weekend, Wes and I decided to explore the terrain of Lone Mountain. This rocky butte is a steep, and isolated mountain (hence its name), in NW Las Vegas just inside the Interstate-215. From our house to the base of the mountain is (not even) a ten-minute drive. We parked on the Northwest Side, and little did we know that the trail we needed to get to was opposite of the direction we headed. When we got to the trail that heads to the top, we realized we had already hiked the perimeter of the entire mountain, which was about 3 miles. With plans to have dinner with a friend later in the evening, we decided to call it a day and save the uphill climb for trip #2.
Fast forward to this morning; we headed out to hike to the top. We left the house around 9am, and it was a perfect 75 degrees. While I would rate the hike last week as a beginner trail, I would rate today’s climb as moderate, due to the rocky terrain, loose gravel, and incline; however, the climb to the top was relatively quick. The view was incredible! (shared on my IG story: tiffanymitchellmull)
I get distracted by all of the cacti everywhere.
The hike today was definitely more intense, but when comparing the calories burned to the ground distance covered (shown below), it is obvious that an individual will benefit greatly from either level of intensity.
Walking on flat terrain allows you to move continuously with little effort, whereas, hiking a rugged terrain forces greater work on the internal stabilizer muscles, which ultimately knocks out a lot of that energy transfer. Hiking, of course, isn’t without its own risks, but personally, I find it not only to be a great cardiovascular exercise but excellent for mental clarity.
Navigating through this world is truly amazing! Go for a hike!