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Butt-busting Hills & Stairs Hike (YOGA stop @ St. George's Park)
Join us for the popular (depends who you ask) BUTT-BUSTING Hike with stairs & hills. What possible benefit would stairs and hills have to hikers & trail runners? The plyometric motion strengthens the same muscles as lunges and squats, and taxes your lungs and heart as you power to the top. "Stairs/hills force you to work against gravity, and this helps build two essential needs for hikers/runners: strength and power," says Anne Moore, M.S. Moore adds that stair-climbing and hill training "forces you to utilize muscle stabilizers, like the gluteus medius, that get neglected during regular hikes" because you're balancing on and activating one leg, briefly, as the other moves to the next step. Strengthen these areas and you'll reduce your risk of injury. We have encountered stairs/hills on many of the trails & hikes, so what better way to prepare for these hikes, than to practice! • rain or shine (urban hike) • footwear with good support (runners, hiking shoes, boots) • dress comfortably - layers as evening temps can change quickly • hydration is very important - before, during & after. Route: a 5km loop around Downtown Guelph, including: Church stairs, the 100 steps on Elizabeth, and back up hills of Queen, Grange, Eramosa Streets to the church. Pace: quick pace on city streets - trust me - we will all slow down on the stairs & hills. Please RSVP and if you need to change your RSVP, please do, so we are not waiting for you to start our hike.

Church of Our Lady Immaculate

28 Norfolk Street · Guelph, ON

What we're about

Come connect with important layers of your life – health, friends, nature and community.

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We offer a new kind of hiking experience by including yoga breaks. So, not only are you getting a cardio workout, our yoga breaks help you to find balance, strength and stamina. YIKERS get the best of both worlds.

I started this group to meet up with other 'YIKERS', those of us looking to move forward with vigor and cover as much ground as possible, we want to stretch and lengthen every day, not to mention meet new friends. If you’re like me, you like to hike, yoga, cycle , paddle,ski, snowshoe, and squeeze every luscious drop out of life.

If you have any ideas for a meet up get together, please send me a message. I'm open to all adventures.

Namaste,

Rhonda

Membership Details:

Member participation is very important in this group. While I encourage everyone with at least a mild interest to sign up and check things out, everyone is required to attend at least 2 events per year to retain their membership.

• Membership to this group is - $10.00 per annually for unlimited fun*. This fee is to maintain the website on meetup.com and ensure we provide you with safe and engaging events. (Hike leaders are certified by Hike Ontario, Yoga Alliance & St. John Ambulance First Aid)

We have a couple of ways you can pay your dues;

• $10.00 at your first meetup of 2018

• Interact Transfer: strideandstretch@gmail.com (Security question - What are members of Stride & Stretch called - Answer: yikers

No-show policy: If you RSVP yes for an event please attend. We understand that life happens and you may not be able to attend, but in that instance kindly change your RSVP to "no" as you would with your lfriends.

If you are a "no show" 3 times, you will be removed from the group.

You can also follow us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/strideandstretch or Twitter @stride_stretch

*All events are for FULL MEMBERS ONLY. Retreats, workshops & in-studio yoga classes are priced separately. Costs will be included in the description for these events.

Note: Hike Descriptions:

Please judge your abilities appropriately according to the hike ratings below:

Pace: refers to how fast we will be hiking

Leisurely – 3 km/hr. or less

Medium – 3 to 4 km/hrBrisk – 4 to 5 km/hr

Fast – 5+ km/hr

Terrain: describes the ruggedness of the ground which the hike covers

Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing.

Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing

Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing

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