Hi everyone! – Catherine here.
In this post, I’d like to share my favourite workout from this past week.
Normally, my week of workouts looks something like this: a long run, 2 strength training sessions, and 2 easy runs. This week, however, I switched things up a bit! Instead of an easy run, Steve and I went or a 3 hour hike up Mt. Mudeungsan. This mountain is located right beside our city (Gwangju, South Korea) and is a mere 40-minute bus ride from our door to the trail head.
After a lazy Saturday morning, we made our way to the base of the mountain just before noon. I love the base of the mountain, where the bus drops us off. There are lots of cafes, shops, restaurants, and Koreans dressed head-to-toe in heavy duty hiking gear! They make me feel seriously underprepared. We had a quick coffee (at a very hipster cafe), picked up a few gimbap to eat at the top (seems to be the thing to do in Korea) and set off. We decided on a 7km route that we hadn’t tried before. The trail wasn’t too difficult and they had a great rope carpet thing covereing the trail for the first little while. After about 45 minutes we stopped for gimbap- but not for long because the mosquitos were out in full force! We kept going until we reached the peak, where we were rewarded with an amazing view of the city and surrounding areas. It was such a beautiful day and the perfect weather for a hike now that the summer humidity has gone. After that we made our descent- which always suprises me how tough it is on the legs! It was such a nice (& cheap) way to spend the afternoon and a great change of scenery from my normal workout spots.
Why is hiking so great?
- It is a good cardio activity, especially for beginners.
- Rough and uneven terrain makes us use muscles that aren’t used on flat land.
- Fun activity with cardiovascular benefits.
The steeper the incline, the harder the body has to work. You can burn 1.5- 2 times more calories than regular walking!
The average person can burn between 450-550 calories per hour. Of course this changes based on weight of the person, bags, outdoor temperature, and grade of incline.
TIP: Intensify your hike by using poles for a more total body workout.
Not only is hiking a fun way to spend a day, it can be a great cardio workout. So if you are getting bored of the treadmill or running the same route every week- why not give hiking a try!
What was your favourite workout of the week?
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