Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Trails: Snowshoeing through Winter Months

Winter months take a huge toll on the body; whether it’s less exercise or holiday food, it gets tough to keep up with your healthy habits! As we age, our major joints (knees, hips and shoulders) cannot keep up how they used to in our earlier ski bum days. While skiing is typically very tough on the knees and hips, putting great amounts of stress on crucial joints, snowshoeing is the perfect alternative as a form of low-impact, low joint stress winter exercise that will torch those stubborn holiday calories!

While not only a great workout, snowshoeing also provides great benefits to your major joints such as your knees and hips, and even your back. As a workout that covers all major bases, snowshoeing is a great calorie burner, fat burner, cardiovascular conditioning exercise, strength builder, and works to increase balance and agility. Able to burn upward of 1,000 calories in only an hour, this is an activity the whole family and even your dogs can enjoy! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and head out for an afternoon! (Source)

Here is a list of some of the best snowshoeing trails to try in the Reno/Tahoe/Truckee area! Try something new this winter and keep your veins happy and healthy through the holidays and winter months! Happy trails!

Donner Pass to Mount Judah Trail

Distance: 5 miles

Skill Level: Moderate

 

Donner Memorial State Park

 

Eagle Point and Emerald Bay Trail

Distance: 4 miles

Skill Level: Easy to Moderate

 

Blackwood Canyon to Barker Pass Trail

Distance: 14 miles

Skill Level: Moderate

 

Meeks Creek Trail

Distance: 3.8 miles

Skill Level: Easy

 

Loch Leven Lakes Trail

Distance: 7.4 miles

Skill Level: Moderate to Strenuous

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