Hiking is a great summer fitness activity that has benefits for both your physical and mental health. Here are some tips to get you started.
Not everyone is a gym person. Here are a few things that our wellness coaches hear fairly often. “I don’t like going to the gym” or “I hate exercising.”
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- Catskill 3500 Club: http://catskill-3500-club.org/
Our own Paul Swieton (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Hike Leader for the Catskill 3500 Club. He is willing to lead some hikes for those who are interested. The club offers a hiking patch for those who want to pursue the peak list and meet all the hiking requirements. The club also leads “guided” hikes for all its listed peaks. The list of the peaks can be found here: http://catskill-3500-club.org/peaks.php. Catskill hikes can be as easy or as hard as you want them to be. Good ones to start on are Windham High Peak or Balsam Lake Fire Tower.
- Hike with us – Catskills (NYS DEC) – http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/117265.html
- Peebles Island State Park – in Cohoes – https://parks.ny.gov/parks/111/details.aspx
- Plotter Kill Preserve – in Rotterdam – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plotter_Kill_Preserve
- Taconic Hiking Club – focuses more on Rensselaer county – http://taconichikingclub.org/
- The Columbia Land Conservancy – many nice land preserves throughout the county – https://clctrust.org/
- Won Dharma Center – in Claverack, it has some nice walking trails – http://www.wondharmacenter.org/
- Powell Bird Sanctuary -in Old Chatham – http://www.alandevoebirdclub.org/AboutSanctuary.htm
- The Dutch Heritage Trail – in Kinderhook – https://www.nps.gov/mava/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm
- Scenic Hudson – has many nice land preserves throughout the Hudson Valley – https://www.scenichudson.org/
- Hannacroix Creek Preserve – in New Baltimore – https://newbaltimoreconservancy.org/all-trails/hannacroix-creek-preserve/
- Meetup Groups – there are Meetup Groups for a number of local areas. Keep in mind that they do not take responsibility for your safety, while many of the hiking clubs do.