Fitness Friday: Hiking

It’s Fitness Friday!  Melinda and Elizabeth of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) answer this week’s question:

Q. How can I get the most out of a hike?

 

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Hiking is a great way to bring fitness to the whole family. Even small children can participate. If you have a smaller child, bring along a carrier. This will give you added weight, which will help you get more from your hike and allow you to go an extra mile or two. Hiking is a great cardio and strength-building workout. Here are some ideas to add some extra fitness into your hikes:

1. Change your pace. Add some cardio bursts into your hike, by making your pace a bit more brisk than just walking. This will get your heart rate up, but not have you tire out too soon.

2. Set your timer and do 1 minute of walking lunges in-between brisk walking. You can also pick a tree in the distance and lunge to it! When you are done, add some squats!

3. Stop at benches along the way or find a big rock, and do 10 tricep dips and 10 pushups!

There’s a lot of great hiking in Los Angeles, for all different fitness levels, anywhere from less than 1 mile to 7 miles and beyond. Here’s a great website, to pick your next trail: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/hiking-los-angeles-las-best-trails

Don’t forget to have fun, and take in the scenery!  Maybe you’ll see some deer, too!

Check out Baby Boot Camp Class at Helms Bakery, and now available at Concert Park (Playa Vista).  Don’t forget- your first class is always FREE!  Get motivated and motivate others on Facebook