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Not meant to be a gym rat pant­ing for your life at high in­ten­sity on a trendy cy­cling or row­ing ma­chine? Try hik­ing: It has sub­stan­tial car­dio and ton­ing ben­e­fits (tones the quads, glutes and ham­strings) and can do won­ders for your mood and men­tal health: A study pub­lished in En­vi­ron­men­talscience&tech­nol­ogy says out­door ex­er­cise is linked to “greater feel­ings of re­vi­tal­iza­tion and pos­i­tive en­gage­ment, de­creases in ten­sion, con­fu­sion, anger and de­pres­sion, and in­creased en­ergy.” Be sure to equip your­self with the right footwear: Ditch heavy, in­flex­i­ble hik­ing boots for a light­weight hy­dro-hik­ing shoe like mer­rell’s capra Rapid: Quick-dry­ing with a hoof-in­spired siped sole made for wet, slick, and un­pre­dictable ter­rain.

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