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Health Benefits of Hiking Chelmsford MA

Want to lose weight and get into shape? Don't diet, hike it. Cheaper than a health club, more accessible than a swimming pool, easier than riding a bike, less time-consuming than weight training and more stimulating than an hour on a treadmill, hiking is the number one way to get healthy-and stay that way. Want to lose weight and get into shape? Hiking is the number one way to get healthy. A camping vacation is an additional way to make it fun.

Boston Minuteman Campground
(877) 677-0042
Littleton, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-3rd week of Oct
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Field and Stream RV Park
(603) 673-4677
Brookline, NH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Play Equipment

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Berry''s Grove Campground, Inc.
(800) 421-7116, (978) 649-3141
35 Davis St.
Tyngsboro, MA
Campground Availability
24 Total Camp/RV Sites, 25 30 Amp Service, 25 50 Amp Service, 25 Higher Amp Service, 24 Electric and Water, 25 Electric Only, 25 Full Hookups, 25 Seasonal, 25 Sideouts,

Willard Brook State Forest
(978) 597-8802
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Partridge Hollow Camping Area
(413) 267-5122
Monson, MA
Campground Availability
mid Apr thru Columbus Day Weekend
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Harold Parker State Forest
(978) 686-3391
North Andover, MA
Campground Availability
mid Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Willard Brook State Forest
(978) 597-8802
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Boston Minuteman
(800) 421-7116, (978) 772-0042
Box 2122 Route 2A
Littleton, MA
Campground Availability
100 Total Camp/RV Sites, 100 Electric and Water, 32 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 18 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Marina,

Wompatuck State Park
(781) 749-7160
Hingham, MA
Campground Availability
14-Apr thru 28-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Otter River State Forest
(978) 939-8962
Winchendon, MA
Campground Availability
12-May thru 14-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Stream Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Health Benefits of Hiking

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Why Not Go Hiking to Lose Weight and Stay in Shape?

A Step in the Right Direction
By Gwyn Fletcher

Want to lose weight and get into shape? Don't diet, hike it. Cheaper than a health club, more accessible than a swimming pool, easier than riding a bike, less time-consuming than weight training and more stimulating than an hour on a treadmill, hiking is the number one way to get healthy-and stay that way. As the fitness craze continues to gain steam, it's not surprising that hiking is the fastest growing outdoor activity. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association Sports & Fitness Participation Report (2009), Americans remain very interested in outdoor sports in spite of economic woes. Leading outdoor activities are freshwater fishing (40.3 million), bicycling (38.1 million), camping (33.7 million), and day hiking (32.5 million).

Why is hiking winning the outdoor popularity contest? For starters, it's dirt cheap-literally. All you need is some ground to walk on and a sturdy pair of shoes that will support your ankles and serve as shock absorbers. Whether it's on a neighborhood trail or a mountain ridge, hiking is merely taking a walk on a foot path, and even that is open to your own interpretation. Unlike health clubs and private gyms, hiking requires no membership dues or monthly payments-you can even bring a friend along without purchasing a guest pass. And you don't have to go back to the same area every time, or pay a transfer fee if you want to try someplace new.

Hiking is also an accessible activity. For example, swimming is an excellent form of exercise, but it's pretty hard to do without a large body of water. And, once the temperature starts to drop, that swimming hole needs to be indoors, often bringing the cost up and the convenience level down even further. To go for a hike, the only place you need to get to is outdoors. Hiking is usually as close as a local park.

Just as you don't need any special equipment for hiking, you also don't need any special skills. Just put one foot in front of the other. As with any physical activity, if you're not currently following a regular fitness routine, you'll want to start out slow, taking leisurely strolls three or four times a week and gradually building your distance and rate. Your first step should always be a quick muscle stretch.

"Things will slow down next month, then I'll have time to get in shape." How many times have you heard that one, or said it yourself? Chances are, things aren't going to slow down. And the older we get, the higher our risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and other complications directly or indirectly linked to a lack of physical activity. It takes time to get in shape. In order to gain maximum benefits from a weight training program, you need to spend several hours a week pressing those bars and priming those muscles. Aerobics classes often last up to an hour as well. Unfortunately, time isn't something...

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