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Mini-Challenge #10: Climb a mountain or spend time outdoors trails

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Our blog www.nautilusplus.com/blog/ has many readers, and it becomes hard to find challenges that everyone will enjoy. Those of you who are a little more advanced may have found the first challenges too easy. This week, we will raise the stakes: a little harder, but still accessible to everyone.

So, for this week:

You will have to climb the mountain of your choice, or at least spend time on outdoors trails for a minimum of 1 h 30. Use this opportunity to bring along people you love spending time with.

Many of our readers are in a situation where they don’t have much experience in sports, and they don’t enjoy going to the gym. For these people, finding a passion that will keep them active is hard. So, for many of you, this will be a great opportunity to find out if outdoors activities could be the answer.

The winter is almost over, and the temperature will get warmer and warmer. The timing is perfect to go discover trails before they thaw and become too wet for your shoes.

What is the intensity of a mountain walk?

It is estimated at around 6 METS[1] for a moderate walk.

This means that for a 70 kg person, walking for one hour will burn ~450 calories[2]. Considering that the most daring among you might spend more than three hours in the mountain, the total energy expenditure becomes really interesting! Also, having to climb up and down a hill will increase the muscular work for your lower body.

You are ready to complete this challenge, but you don’t know where to go?

Here is a very practical website to add to your favourites:

http://www.lesmarcheurs.com/randonnees-au-quebec/. This could help you find your next destination!

For novices, make sure to keep your feet dry during your hike, and your mountain experience will be much more enjoyable.

Once again, if you discover a part of the country that is noteworthy, share it so that everyone can enjoy it. You can do so by telling us about your well-kept secret in the comments section below.

Thank you, and see you soon!

By Xavier Jutras

[1] Metabolic equivalent (Metabolic Equivalent of Task). To view the difference with normal walking, click here: http://www.nautilusplus.com/mini-challenge-8-take-three-30-minutes-walks/

[2] Reminder: We multiply our body weight in kg by the METS intensity. The result will give you the amount of calories consumed in one hour.

Xavier Jutras

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the Université Laval, Xavier has decided to join the ranks of Nautilus Plus during the winter of 2012 to share his passion about training and sports in general. In sports, he has tried it all (soccer, tennis, dek-hockey, hockey, mountain biking, running, crossfit, etc.), so we could say he qualifies as a hyperactive person. That being said, between two sports, he particularly enjoys writing. Philosopher and blogger in his spare time, he gave himself the mission of selling you physical activity as the (sometimes unsuspected) solution to many of your questions and problems. With a very pragmatic approach, he will know how to guide you through the steps that will lead you to succeed in what should be one of the most important projects of your life: your own well-being. His motto: A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

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