Hike for Your Health
The Appalachian Trail is nearly 2,200 miles long, passes through 14 states, eight national forests, two national parks, and numerous state parks, forests, and game lands. Walking end-to-end would earn you nearly 5 million steps!
This fall, Well Aware invites you to Hike for Your Health and see how much of the Appalachian Trail you can cover. This physical activity challenge will have you choose a virtual trail to complete during the 10-week challenge.
You know hiking is good for your health. But do you know just how good it is? Take a literal hike this fall, and take note of all the good you are doing for your body. Hiking can help you—
- improve cardio-respiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels);
- improve muscular fitness;
- lower the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke;
- lower the risk of high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes;
- lower the risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides;
- lower the risk of colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial cancer;
- increase bone density or lose bone density more slowly;
- reduce depression and improve sleep quality; and
- control weight (hiking burns up to 370 calories per hour for a 150-lb person).
Learn more about Hike for your Health, including incentives and rules by visiting the Well Aware web page. Or, simply search for “Hike for your Health” from any MCPS web page.