Visiting National Parks is one of the best ways to stay fit, and visiting the Grand Canyon is a life changing experience. Your imagination doesn’t prepare you for the massive size of the canyons. If you want to add adventure to your fitness program, the Grand Canyon is for you. You will find what you are looking for when you visit the Grand Canyon.
Location: Northern Arizona
Best Time to Visit: The South Rim is opened year around and the North Rim closes from October to April do to snow. Prime time to visit is April through May. Start early if visiting in the summer as the Grand Canyon sees huge crowds.
Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Horse Riding, and Cross Country Skiing.
Favorite Trail: The Bright Angel Trail is an 8 mile trail that takes you down to the Colorado River. The trailhead is at the El Tovar Hotel, which is a great place to stay, and if you want to you have to book your room early. Following the Bright Angel Trail, you drop 4,460 feet to the bottom. There is a campsite at the bottom which I recommend. Remember if going down and up in the same day that you will being going up when you are tired. Make sure you have enough energy to get yourself back up, if you are going in the same day.
Safety Tip: When hiking in the Grand Canyon the dry air takes salt out of your body. Salt supports your body’s ability to absorb water. Take with you crackers with salt on them. The crackers supply need fuel for your activities and the salt help you absorb the water you are drinking. If you run out of salt in your body it won’t matter how much water you drink.
The Grand Canyon is one of the best places to train for that the effort is worth it. Using a trip to the Grand Canyon can be the motivation needed to keep your weight loss going. For those that want a serious challenge to their fitness, train for a rim to rim hike. Going from rim to rim takes excellent conditioning, and for those that are ready to take it on it could be the trip of a lifetime. Ask your LIVE online personal trainer about training for your Grand Canyon trip and enjoy the natural wonder.