On Sunday we hiked around Buntzen Lake, also in Belcarra:
|Buntzen Lake, north end|
It was cloudy when we hiked, but a perfect temp to avoid over-heating, and we didn't have to worry about sunscreen or sunglasses. I love this trail, and have done it many times, with plans to keep coming back for more in between our longer and more daring trail quests this season.
Hiking (and walking generally) has many benefits, not the least of which is the pure enjoyment of being outdoors, in nature. Having a goal, like getting in shape for the West Coast Trail, helps to get me out there on a weekly basis, but it's more than about just having an end goal. There's an intrinsic motivation to exercise when it's fun and enjoyable, and that's ultimately what will work to keep anyone moving rather than giving up on a newly established exercise routine. But don't take my word for it. Check out this great article on how to hack your brain to get your body moving and get in great shape.