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Training Plan for Hiking Season with NHF’s Trailblazers Program for Beginners

Ever thought about hiking but need a training plan for hiking season because you felt unsure where to start? Our Trailblazers Hiking Program at Northglenn Health and Fitness (NHF) is perfect for you!

And by the way, that image you see was taken at the lake on the trail of the first hike that will occur on June 1, 2024!

Designed specifically for beginners to intermediate hikers, this program helps you gain the confidence and fitness needed to enjoy the great outdoors.

Why Hiking is Great for Beginners

1. Health Benefits:

  • Physical Fitness: Hiking is a great cardiovascular workout that strengthens muscles and improves endurance. Studies show that regular physical activity like hiking can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, and help manage weight.
  • Weight Loss: Hiking burns calories and boosts metabolism. Research indicates that an hour of hiking can burn between 430-700 calories, depending on the difficulty and your weight.
  • Improved Balance and Flexibility: Navigating uneven terrain improves balance, coordination, and flexibility.

2. Mental and Emotional Well-being:

  • Stress Reduction: Spending time in nature reduces stress hormones. A study from Stanford University found that walking in nature decreases anxiety and negative thoughts.
  • Enhanced Mood: Outdoor activities release endorphins, improving mood and combating depression.
  • Boosted Confidence: Achieving hiking goals can significantly improve self-esteem and confidence. We have heard from many women that they have stopped hiking because of fear of slowing others down. That affects us socially and mentally as well. We want your confidence to allow you to say YES to things that are good for your body and your soul!

3. Social Connection:

  • Community Support: Join a group of like-minded beginners, making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie.
  • Guidance and Encouragement: Our program includes guided hikes, so you’ll always have support and motivation.

Program Details

Strength & Endurance Training: Weekly gym sessions to prepare you physically for hiking.

Guided Community Hikes: Four progressive hikes, starting with easy trails and gradually increasing in difficulty. Learn everything from choosing the right gear to navigating trails safely.


  • Gym Sessions: May 30th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th at 6 PM
  • Guided Hikes: June 1st, June 15th, June 22nd, June 29th – morning times to be set

Inclusivity: Friends and family are welcome to register too!

Ready to get back out into nature, and socialize while moving your body!? Sign up now and take your first step towards a healthier, happier you!

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