Walking/Hiking

10 Tips for Beginner Hikers

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mike Siemens, M.S.

Hiking is a low-impact, low-cost way to exercise, reduce stress and enjoy the great outdoors. A one-mile hike can burn up to 150 calories, and you don’t have to be a mountaineer to hit the trailhead. Follow these simple safety tips for beginner hikers to find the best hike for your fitness level.

Preparing for Your First 5K

Written by 
Holly St. Lifer
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Richard Butler, M.S., U.S.P.T.A.

Participating in an organized 5K race is a great way to motivate yourself to stay fit and try something new. Here are some pointers to help you prepare for the challenge, enjoy the race and cross the finish line.

Stick-With-It Walking Solutions

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie

You don’t need a trainer to create a walking program that will give you the exercise you need (although consulting one may be useful if you have specific goals in mind, or you are not seeing the results you hoped for). Keep these three key elements in mind as you plan your outings.

Tweak Your Walking Technique

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Richard Butler, M.S., U.S.P.T.A.

One of the most wonderful things about walking is its sheer simplicity, so you might be surprised by just how important your walking technique is. Using proper form can make walking feel easier, prevent injury and speed up your pace.

Walking for Weight Loss

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff

You would be hard pressed to find a more convenient activity that encourages weight loss than walking. No other weight loss activity fits so easily into everyday life. Your journey to a healthy weight truly can start with something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Walking with Friends

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie

Friends bring us laughter, support and fun—they’re among life’s greatest gifts. Not to be overlooked, they can also be a boon to your walking routine. Walking with a friend can actually change the way you look at this beneficial aerobic activity—even how you experience it.