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The Great Outdoors: Hiking for Fun & Fitness

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Make fitness an adventure through hiking.
Air Date: 11/14/17
Duration: 13:43
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: James Klopovic, Author
James KlopovicWhen James Klopovic retired after two careers and 45 years of “flying a desk,” he resolved to spend his golden years making memories. He decided to try backpacking and immediately fell in love with it. His many backpacking adventures have included hiking both the England Coast-to-Coast Walk and portions of the Appalachian Trail.

James’s motivation for writing The Honest Backpacker is to inspire novice hikers as his fellow Baby Boomers (and others) to stay active, take the road less traveled, and experience the wonders of the trail and nature. He lives in Morrisville, North Carolina.
  • Book Title: The Honest Backpacker: A Practical Guide for the Rookie Adventurer Over 50
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  • Guest Twitter Account: @hikewiththehb
It’s important to move your body. Walking is recommended for those who are new to fitness, because it’s very accessible and inexpensive. If walking seems too pedestrian, kick things up a notch with hiking.

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Preparing for a hike is like preparing for life. Start incrementally and gear yourself from the bottom up. Invest in good footwear that is durable, light and wicks moisture. Get a good hip pack for a first aid kit, map, water and a sandwich. Using poles works your upper body and increases your staying power. A broad-brimmed hat will protect your head and neck from the sun.

Begin with small adventures. Connect up with a hiking club if you’ve found hiking is a passion. You can travel the world and see some amazing sites as your skill develops.

Listen as James Klopovic joins Melanie Cole, MS, to learn how to set your feet on the hiking path.


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