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Health Benefits of Hiking Laramie WY

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.

KOA-Laramie
(800) KOA-4153
Laramie, WY
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Playground, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Alcova Lake (Natrona County Park)
(307) 235-9325
Alcova, WY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Flagg Ranch Resort (Grand Teton/Yellowstone)*
(800) 443-2311
Highway 89 2 mi S of Yellowstone
Moran, WY
Campground Availability
Jun 01-Oct 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
River Swimming, Float Trips, River Fishing, Fishing Guides, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Rock Springs RV Park*
(307) 362-3063
86 Foothill Blvd
Rock Springs, WY
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Bridger-Teton National Forest (Allred Flat Campground)
(307) 877-4415
Smoot, WY
Campground Availability
15-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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Medicine Bow National Forest (Hog Park Campground)
(307) 745-2300
Encampment, WY
Campground Availability
10-Jun thru 20-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing

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Bridger-Teton National Forest (Fremont Lake Campground)
(307) 367-4326
Pinedale, WY
Campground Availability
25-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing

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Ponderosa Campground*
(307) 587-9203
1815 8th St
Cody, WY
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Float Trips, River Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Keyhole State Park
(307) 756-3596
Moorcroft, WY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Longhorn RV and Motel
(307) 455-2337
Dubois, WY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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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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