When it comes to simple ways to be healthy, walking is all the rage–and it’s easy. For those of us lucky enough to live in Alaska, our walks are some of the most beautiful there are.
Walking doesn’t require any special skills or equipment. For such a simple activity, it has so many benefits, including increasing your lifespan. For every hour of brisk walking, you’re adding two hours to your life. Research has shown that walking at least 150 minutes a week can help you:
- Reduce your risk of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer;
- Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol levels.
- Increase your energy and stamina;
- Improve your mental and emotional well-being by alleviating stress;
- Boost bone strength and reduce your risk of osteoporosis; and
- Prevent weight gain.
If 150 minutes sounds like a lot, remember that even short 10-minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. What can you do to fit in 10 minutes of walking a few times a day?
This summer, make it a goal to take walks that wow you.
To experience an authentic Alaska wilderness, head to the Eagle River Nature Center, where you’ll find a dramatic mountain valley with sky-piercing granite cliffs, a swift glacial river, and waterfalls farther up the valley.
If you don’t have a lot of time but want a steep mountain trail with great city views, hike Flattop Mountain at Glen Alps. This is Alaska’s most-climbed mountain.
Get lost in the woods at Kincaid Park. You’ll find more than 80 miles of trails through the trees, some overlooking the Inlet. A quick warning: many of the trails are hilly.
If you want a leisurely stroll with sweeping vistas across the Inlet (and you don’t mind crowds), check out the Coastal Trail. It’s 12 miles from downtown to Kincaid Park along mostly flat terrain.
Do you live near Midtown? Hop on to the Chester Creek Trail. The trail follows a winding creek through tall trees-perfect for finding solitude even if you have only a short time.
AHVI recommends that you consult with your physician before starting any fitness program to determine if it is right for you. And remember, this is Alaska — please be aware of your surroundings. #besafe #beaware #bears #moose #wildlife #bearaware