IMG_2790Why did I start Hiking?

When I turned 59 years old, I took stock of my life and promised myself, I would change it. I was way overweight, had a sedentary way of life, was eating too much, and out of shape. A prime candidate for medical problems and an early grave. My health was beginning to to deteriorate and my doctor kept on nagging me to exercise every time I visited him.

Back in May of 2013, I was visiting my son in Charlottesville, Virginia and as I got up one morning, I decided to explore this new city and what a better way than by walking around. After an hour’s walk, looking at all the sights to behold, I was hooked and I have never looked back.

Now, two years later, I have decided to start this new blog to chronicle my adventures, provide information, links, and encouragement to other would-be walkers.

Let me count the ways that walking (and other forms of exercise) help you physically and mentally

  • Improves your overall health
  • Lifts your mood
  • Helps control diseases such as diabetes & cardiovascular disease
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Increases energy level
  • Burns calories and helps you lose weight
  • Lowers risk of getting other diseases

So you can see why I think hiking, especially in wooded areas, helps you to get healthy and fit. And, why you should make it a part of your life.