Hike Your Way To Better Health

There is no better time than the Fall to get outdoors! Hiking is one of my favorite ways to exercise during this time of the year. It’s truly an underrated activity and, like all exercise, has many health benefits. When you hike, your workouts can be different each time, depending on which trails you take, and the landscape is constantly changing. Other benefits include:

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• Strengthening of key muscles in your hips and legs and torso
• Improved balance
• Increased bone density
• Helps with weight control and keeping blood pressure in check
• It’s a great way to de-stress.

The following lists of trails are my personal favorites, especially during this time of year when the leaves are in peak color. All of them have fantastic views at the top and are relatively close to New York City. I’ve included drive times from Manhattan, as well as difficulty level and links with more information.

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Anthony’s Nose Hike
Drive time: 1 hr 10 min (50 miles)
Hike time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: 6 out of 10
http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/anthonys-nose/

Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
Drive time: 1 hr 15 min (52 miles)
Hike time: 3 hours
Difficulty: 6 out of 10
http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/hudson-highlands-gateway-park-cortlandt-new-york

Schunemunk Mountain
Drive time: 1 hr 35 min (75 miles)
Hike time: 4 hours
Difficulty: 9 out of 10
http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/schunemunk-mountain/

Breakneck Ridge
Drive time: 1 hr 35 min (63 miles)
Hike time: 4 hours
Difficulty: 10 out of 10 (very steep ascent)
http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/breakneck-ridge/

Sam’s Point Ice Caves and Verkeerderkill Falls
Drive time: 2 hr (87 miles)
Hike time: 5 hours
Difficulty: 8 out of 10
http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/sams-point/

Millbrook Mountain
Drive time: 2 hr 10 min (96 miles)
Hike time: 5 hours
Difficulty: 8 out of 10
http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/millbrook-mountain/


Two key tips:

  • Remember to bring ample water and some snacks on all your hikes.

  • Don’t hike alone on unfamiliar trails; always tell someone where you plan to go.

And if you’re reading this article and thinking, “I’m in no shape for these hikes.” then you need to come see us… Contact us!