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Health Benefits of Hiking North Pole AK

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.

Riverview RV Park*
(907) 488-6392
1316 Badger Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
mid May-mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Local Tours

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Santaland RV Park*
(907) 488-9123
125 St. Nicholas Dr
North Pole, AK
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Chena Lake Recreation Area (Fairbanks North Star Borough)
(907) 488-1655
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Lake Swimming, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Marion Creek (BLM)
(907) 271-5477
Coldfoot, AK
Campground Availability
1-Jun thru 1-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Birch Lake Recreation Area-Eielson AFB)
(907) 488-6161
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball

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Road's End RV Park
(907) 488-0295
North Pole, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Laundry
Recreation
Local Tours

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Chena Hot Springs Resort
(907) 451-8104
Chena Hot Springs, AK
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Float Trips, Canoeing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Bike Rentals, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Pioneer Park*
(907) 459-1087
2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Eielson AFB FAMCAMP)
(907) 377-1232
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
15-May thru 7-Sep
Services
Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills

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Tanana Valley Campground
(907) 456-7956
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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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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