What’s the most beneficial exercise in North Carolina?

In this article, I’ll answer that question; however, I want to address exercise in general before I move any further.


The most beneficial form of exercise works in two ways:


#1 It should improve your physical wellbeing, enhance muscle strength, keep you at an ideal weight, and positively impact your cardiovascular and heart health.


#2 It should also improve your mental health, and help you unwind, de-stress, and clear your brain of clutter. When this happens, you’ll notice that you not only have clearer thinking, but you’ll also experience heightened moods.


Now that it’s March, the sun will be coming out more often. (Thank goodness!) With this in mind, it’s time for North Carolina residents to get off the couch and get some exercise outdoors.


I just so happen to have the ideal exercise that works in the two ways I mentioned previously.


Hiking is a wonderful activity that enhances your physical exercise routine while also improving your mental wellbeing. From getting a cardio workout to de-stressing your mind, hiking is a no-brainer activity to take part in this March.


Luckily, you can find some truly beautiful hiking locations in Boone, Matthews, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.  As you set out to improve both your physical and mental health, make sure you check out some of our favorite hiking trails in North Carolina.


Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway is touted as being ideal for both hikers and non-hikers alike. Needless to say, the trails available at the Blue Ridge Parkway are perfect if you’re just getting into hiking.

One of the best hiking trails for mental relaxation is Rough Ridge. As you walk the 1.2-mile trail, you will see stunning views of Grandfather Mountain’s peaks. Another favorite trail is Craggy Gardens, which includes a beautiful rhododendron tunnel.


Catawba Riverfront

If you’re into mountain biking (another effective way to increase both mental and physical wellbeing), then the Catawba Riverfront Mountain Bike Park Trail is the ideal place for you. Situated near Charlotte, N.C., this trail is not only for cyclists—you can also hike.


Four Mile Creek Greenway

Located in Matthews, N.C., this beautiful trail is a 1.6-mile, point-to-point walking path that is suitable for mountain bikers, general hikers, and those looking to take a casual stroll with their dogs.

On hot days, there is plenty of shade, so you can still get your exercise without burning up.


In conclusion…

No matter where you choose to go hiking, know that it’s a wonderful way to get your heart rate up while you also enhance your mental clarity and overall brain health.

Of course, the one thing you’ll want to look out for is spring allergies. There are a number of healthful foods you can eat that help curb allergy attacks before and after a hike, such as…


  • Local honey.
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Low sodium foods.
  • Complex (not simple) carbohydrates.


Love hiking?


 Feel free to share some of your favorite spots with us!