Thinking About Hiking? Why It’s Time to Start!

There are so many reasons why you should start hiking. In fact, I feel like if I listed them all it may be a little overwhelming. So for the moment, I’ll only suggest a few of the reasons why it’s the time to get your hike on.

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First and foremost, right now the weather in Phoenix is amazing. This is the prime hiking time! The sun is out and a cool breeze is in the air. While it can take a few hours in the morning for it to actually warm up (yes, we Phoenicians think anything lower than 60° is freezing) by 8am the sun is out and the perfect weather day is awaiting for you.

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This is also the chance to get out there and conquer some of the harder hikes that may be too difficult to do in the summertime.  Or at least practice and work up to those hikes, so you can conquer them before summer comes around again.

Also, since the holidays are quickly approaching, what a better way to relieve the anxiety of holiday preparation than taking a break and enjoying the great outdoors.

Being in nature reduces stress and makes you feel calmer. Is there any other healthy cure for the holiday stress than this?

Hiking brings you into the present moment and allows you to get a mental break from all the holiday hustle and bustle. So, think of it like this…when you get back from hiking you’ll be able to tackle more errands in a calmer manner and actually enjoy it.

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Want to eat guilt free this holiday season? Then start hiking! Hiking burns off a lot of calories! The longer the hike the better! So, why not let yourself indulge in some guilt free cookie eating this year by hitting the trails! Just be sure to not go too overboard in the indulgences and you should be good!

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And the last reason why you should starting hiking is that it’s a great excuse to get out of the house. If you have family visiting and your mother in law is driving you up a wall, go hiking! Tell her you got hiking plans and free yourself from her!

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If you look like this…you need to go on a hike!

So there you go! This is the prime hiking weather to take a break from your daily hustle and hit the refresh button!

Here are some hiking suggestions:

Easy Level:

Kiwanis

Hole in the Rock

 

Moderate:

Shaw Butte

Pyramid Trail

Difficult:

Echo Canyon

Piestewa Peak

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