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6 Reasons Exercising Outdoors Beats Hitting the Gym

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Walk Like Thoreau

Legs, not cars, are the human form of transportation, but we’ve lost the habit and art of walking, and with them, a piece of ourselves. Click here to read “Walk Like Thoreau.”

source: Jim Loomis via FLTC enews

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I’ve been feeling sorry for myself lately. I look in the mirror and see that my face is sagging into a mass of wrinkles. It’s genetic. I watched the same transformation occur to my mother 3 decades ago. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier.

Today my copy of the “Finger Lakes Trail News” arrived. (The “News” is the FLTC magazine – a wonderful benefit of membership.) As usual, I curled up in my lazy-boy chair to read it cover to cover. In there, an article by Sharon A. Brangman, MD titled “Exercise and Aging” made me feel better. She stated, “Many people think that the key to successful aging is to look as youthful as possible. They spend a lot of time and money on hair coloring, Botox injections, breast augmentation and other types of plastic surgery. These people are missing the opportunity to age successfully by focusing too much on these superficial markers of youth.” She then went on to describe all the physical and mental benefits of exercising and how it allows you to stay vital as you age.

Thanks Dr. Brangman. I think I’ll go take a walk.
Sue Freeman, www.footprintpress.com

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Environmental Deficit Disorder: The Biology of (Not) Being Outdoors

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Lightning Safety

Lightning is nothing to take lightly – especially for those of us who love being outdoors. Read the articles in these links to know the facts about lightning safety:

http://www.adk.org/trails/Lightning_Safety.aspx

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

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Here are just few reasons why you should make Road ID part of your gear as you play outdoors:

1. If you can’t speak for yourself, Road ID will speak for you.
2. Road ID enables First Responders to immediately contact family members and friends.
3. Road ID enables family members to provide additional details about your health or give consent for potentially life saving procedures.
4. Road ID enables hospital staff to locate vital medical records.
5. Road ID can communicate medical conditions or allergy information to medical staff.
6. Road ID can prevent serious delays in treatment by saving crucial time during the “golden hour” of medical treatment.
7. It’s far better to have Road ID and not need it than to need Road ID and not have it. It’s not just a piece of gear, it’s peace of mind.
8. Accidents happen far more than you think they do. Each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without identification.
9. Road ID looks good on and makes a statement about your athletic lifestyle – not to mention that studies would probably prove that people that wear Road ID are considerably smarter than those that don’t.
10. Road ID can save your Life. Period.

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Car-driven Society Poses Risk to Americans’ Health

A June 1, 2009 article in the Reuters online newspaper. Researchers have found that the habit of driving everywhere is bad for the health of Americans. The article says:
The more you drive, the less you walk. Walking provides exercise without really trying.  Ideally, people should take 10,000 steps a day to maintain wellness, according to James Hill, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado.

But for those who only walk from their home to the car and from their car to an office and back again, that figure can sink to only 1,000 steps.  A car culture forces people to make time to exercise and driving long distances reduces the time available to work out. Lawrence Frank of the University of British Columbia was able to quantify the link between the distance people drive  and their body weight:

Every additional 30 minutes spent in a car each day translates into a 3 percent greater chance of being obese. People who live in neighborhoods with a mix of shops and businesses within easy walking distance are 7 percent less likely to be obese.

For your health – walk more and bicycle more.

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by Tricia Hess, Denver Outdoor Adventure Examiner, link to original article

Hiking burns up fat and calories. Getting out and hiking cross-country for four hours a month will cause a 155 lb. person to burn off a pound of fat. If you hiked once every weekend for 2 hours you could lose two pounds a month, twenty-four pounds yearly. For your convenience, I have  provided a calculator for calories burn at the link below.

I can’t stress the following enough:

Drink plenty of water the day before a hike to make sure you hit the trail well hydrated. Bring a least a quart of water per hour that you intend to be hiking. And drink it all. If you wait till you’re thirsty you are already starting to dehydrate. Every time you tilt the water bottle to drink, swallow five times.

Eat a low fat, high carbohydrate meal, several hours before you hike to make sure you have energy to finish the hike. An excellent meal would be a large bowl of oatmeal. Not the small packages of nuked oatmeal, but the type you have to cook. I add currants, sliced apples, nuts and cinnamon. Other suggestions are blueberries and cranberries. Be forewarned, you will get hooked.

Calories Burn Calculator

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I’ve always felt better when surrounded by greenery. Now studies are proving that humans fare better when exposed to natural scenery, even when exercising. A stroll down a trail is better for you than a walk through the mall. Of course, they gave it a name: green exercise. Read “Outdoors makes a better gym for the brain” here.

Getting people to go outside and play is what Footprint Press Recreation Guidebooks has been about for 11 years now. We love green exercise.

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