September and October often tend to be the best months to explore the outdoors here in the Northwest. It tends to not be too hot, or too cold, the rainy season hasn’t set in yet and the colors as the leaves change are absolutely spectacular!
Plus, the fall season often inspires people to ‘turn over a new leaf’ so to speak! Kids are back in school, summer holidays are over and we may be feeling the effect of too many BBQs and are ready to make our health and fitness a priority! Read more on Get Outdoors & Fall Into Fitness…
There’s nothing like fresh mountain air and beautiful terrain. But hiking can be hard on your body and knees if you’re not conditioned – especially with the challenging inclines here in the Gorge, Mt. St. Helen’s and Mt. Hood area.
So try some of the following exercises to get you in tip-top hiking shape:
Dog Mountain will be a piece of cake for you this year!
Start by standing behind a step or bench with one foot on the bench. Slowly step up onto the bench concentrating on pushing from the leg that’s on the step, standing tall, and keeping abdominals contracted throughout the entire exercise. Control the lowering portion so that only your toes lightly touch the floor. Repeat on both sides for 13-20 reps. To increase or decrease intensity either raise or lower the bench height. Using weights for added resistance will also challenge the legs to a greater degree.
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