Walking. It's free. It shows you nature. It's easy. You don't have to buy any special equipment or join a gym. Yet it provides a beautiful, natural, cardiopulmonary workout and tones the lower body.
And you feel happy and destressed afterward — enough so that you look forward to the next time — which cannot be said of all workouts.
Walking is so easy and healthful, in fact, that it's a wonder more people don't do what the Ashland Hilltoppers do: a five-mile walk through the more hilly and scenic parts of town every Saturday morning.
Created by Ashland schools employees more than a quarter century ago, the group originally was called Ashland Volksmarch, says Nancy Burnham.
That means "people walk," and it's a European tradition of doing 10-kilometer (6.2 miles), noncompetitive walks, gathering an array of pins and patches and trying to get into international record books. The sport also is called "volkswanderung."