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Health Benefits of Hiking Lucedale MS

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.

Escatawpa Hollow Campground
(251) 649-4233
Wilmer, AL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Lake Lowndes SP*
(662) 328-2110
3319 Lake Lowndes Rd
Columbus, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Nanabe Creek Campground*
(601) 485-4711
1933 Russell-Mt. Gilead Rd.
Meridian, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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MILITARY PARK (Lake Walker Family Campground-Camp Shelby)
(601) 558-2397
Hattiesburg, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Tennis, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Paul B Johnson SP*
(601) 582-7721
319 Gieger Lake Rd
Hattiesburg, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Camp Journey's End RV Park*
(228) 875-2100
7501 Hwy 57
Ocean Springs, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Boating, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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JP Coleman SP*
(662) 423-6515
612 CR 321
Luka, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Sports Field

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D'Lo Water Park (Pearl River Basin Dev. Dist.)
(601) 847-4310
Mendenhall, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Big Creek Water Park (Pat Harrison Waterway District)
(601) 763-8555
Soso, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Harrison County Fairgrounds
(228) 832-8620
Gulfport, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion

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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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