Time to Hit the Trails for Health & Fitness

Posted: June, 15, 2023 | Categories: Uncategorized

Greenprint Trail System in Woodstock

This time, last year, the temperatures were soaring into the 100s, taxing our air conditioners, affecting our moods, and putting a serious (sweaty) damper on outdoor activities.

Now, a year later, we’re experiencing an unseasonably cool June, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. And since we’re smack-dab in the middle of Hiking Season (March through September), it’s time to get out and explore some of the amazing trails close to home.

Trail-walking is an activity which you can do alone, with a friend, or with a group. Most trails are dog-friendly. And with the right preparation and gear, it’s a great activity for all ages and fitness levels.


Trail-Walking Fitness

As with any activity, start slowly so that you can enjoy yourself, and build up to longer or more strenuous trail-walks or hikes as you build stamina.


Trail-Walking Gear

The right SHOES can be the difference between having a positive experience or a painful one.

  • When walking a paved trail (such as the Silver Comet Trail that begins in Smyrna, and the Greenprints Trail in Woodstock), choose comfortable walking shoes or running shoes.
  • For unpaved/soft-surface trails, trail running shoes are appropriate, while hiking shoes or boots provide ankle support for uneven surfaces.
  • Choose your socks wisely, as well. Synthetic or wool socks are recommended, as they do not retain as much moisture as cotton.

Your choice of CLOTHING depends on the weather as well as the terrain.

  • Seek active wear that is comfortable for you, made of synthetic fabrics that help you stay cool and dry.


Trail Etiquette

The American Hiking Society organizers remind trail users to leave a trail better than you found it. Remember the old adage, “take only pictures; leave only footprints.”


Reasons for Hitting the Trail

Walking/hiking is among one of the best forms of exercise, according to medical professionals.

Trail-walking improves cardio-respiratory fitness, muscle tone, body weight, and physical strength, while lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and triglycerides.


Each Windsong community is located within easy driving distance to walking and hiking trails in Georgia, and wide sidewalks in each community offer the opportunity to bond with neighbors who also want to stay fit and social.

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