Things To Do | Outdoor Activities Columbia County
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Park, Top 100 Campgrounds, activities, swimming, beaches, picnic grounds, boat launch, hiking, biking, cross-country ski, Ice skating, ice fishing, Things To Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Rentals, Cabins, Fishing, Sledding, Snowmobiling, X-Country Skiing Lake Taghkanic State Park

518-851-3631 
  in 2005 Lake Taghkanic State Park was named one of the Top 100 Campgrounds in the nation. Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities. The park has tent, trailer campsites, cabin, and cottage camping facilities. In the hot days of summer you can go swimming at one of the two beaches. Have picnics at the picnic grounds and launch your boat at the boat launch. In addition, the park has hiking, biking, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate.

There are three Vacation Rental Cottages that have the amenities of home. The units are outfitted with a bathroom with toilet and shower, a kitchen with hot and cold running water, refrigerator, stove, microwave, cooking and eating utensils, enclosed/screened-in back porch facing the water, a picnic table and fire ring. Press blue button for photos, and more about Lake Taghkanic State Park.

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Food
Hiking
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Pavilions
Picnic Tables
Playground & Playing Field(s)
Showers
Sledding, Snowmobiling & Snowshoeing
Tent/Trailer Sites
Vacation Rentals

    Winter Activities
    Cross-country Skiing
    Ice Fishing
    Ice Skating

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12521, Copake Club, Copake Lake, Columbia County, New York State, Berkshire Mountains, 18-hole golf course, golfers, scorecard, Golf Club, Attractions, Practice facilities Public Golf Course - Copake Country Club

518-325-4338 
  Copake Country Club is located at 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake, NY 12521 in Columbia County. The golf course is located in New York State where Columbia County rolls into the Berkshire Mountains. A challenging 18-hole golf course, it sits beautifully on 160 acres, alongside Copake Lake with views of the Catskills and Berkshire Mountains from every hole . . . Convenient for golfers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Press blue button for pro shop, rates, scorecard, photo gallery, birds eye view, and more about Copake Country Club.

Golf Club Attractions
Practice facilities
Course Rating: White Tees 70.3 Slope 131
“1 of 10 hidden gems within two hours from New York City” by NY Post

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12516, Golf,  golfer, Copake, Columbia County, Golf Course, Berkshire Mountains, Catskill Mountains,  nine-hole executive, Golf Course Attractions, Golf only facility Public Golf Course - Undermountain Golf Course

518-329-4444 
  Undermountain Golf Course is located at 274 Under Mountain Road, Copake, NY 12516. Located in scenic Columbia County, Undermountain Golf Course features views of both the Taconic Range of the Berkshire Mountains to the east and the Catskill Mountains to the west. Undermountain is a nine-hole executive yardage course which offers alternate tees for a back nine. The small and meticulously maintained greens and narrow fairways offer a challenging layout for the accomplished golfer, yet are non-threatening to the novice.

Golf Course Attractions
Golf only facility
9-hole Executive course
1586 yards / par 32
Course rating / slope = 58 / 90
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12517, Copake Falls, NY, campground, cabins, cross country skiing, deer hunting, turkey hunting,  campground, Things To Do at Taconic State Park, Biking, Cabins, Campsites, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Museum, Playgrounds, Winter Activities Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

518-329-3993 
  Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area is located on Route 344, Copake Falls, NY 12517 in Columbia County and Dutchess County. The park is located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range, sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views.

The extensive campground at Copake Falls has sites to accommodate campers seeking a more rustic experience, as well as those seeking a more "home like" experience. The cabin areas vary in number of cabins, location and size. The "Ironworkers" cabins are equipped with private showers and flush toilets; campers in the "Bash Bish" cabins utilize a centrally located shower facility with flush toilets. Some cabins in the Greenwich Cabin Area are wheelchair accessible and offer extra amenities such as a microwave, sofa, shower, dishwasher and cable television hookup.

There are great trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as 5 miles of snowmobile trails. In season both deer hunting (rifle/shotgun/bow) and turkey hunting (bow only, until 12 Noon) are permitted.

Press blue button for information about campground accommodations and more things to do at Taconic State Park.

Things To Do at Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Beach
Biking
Cabins, Campsites, Cottages
Dumping Stations
Fishing
Grills
Hiking
Hunting
Museum & Visitors Center
Pavilions
Picnic Tables
Playgrounds
Recreation Programs
Scenic Views
Showers
Waterfalls

    Winter Activities
    Cross-Country Skiing
    Snowmobiling
    Snowshoeing Trails

The word is Visit these popular attractions in or near Taconic State Park.

  • A portion of the Appalachian Trail runs through Taconic State Park.

  • Bash Bish Falls is the most dramatic and highest single drop waterfall in Massachusetts.

  • Copake Iron Works Museum, established in 1845, remained active until 1903.

  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail is now a picturesque trail with interpretive signs.

  • Visit Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area.
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    12526, National Landmark District, American Revolution / War of Independence, attractions, Things To Do, Bird Watching, Historic House, Group Tours, museum, Farm, Food & Music Festival Clermont "State Historic Site"

    518-537-4240 
      Clermont State Historic Site, overlooking the Hudson River, is located at One Clermont Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526 in Columbia County in the Hudson River Valley. Clermont State Historic Site was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors, and landscape.

    Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident. His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton. Today, Clermont appears much as it did in the early 20th century . . . Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is an anchor in the 1990 Hudson River National Landmark District.

    American Revolution / War of Independence
    Because of the Livingston family's prominent role in support of independence, Clermont was burned by British troops under the command of General John Vaughan during a foray up the Hudson River in the autumn of 1777. Margaret Beekman Livingston, who managed the estate during most of the war years, rebuilt the family home between 1779 and 1782.

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    Things To Do at Clermont, Home of the Steamboat
    Bird Watching
    Gift Shop
    Group Tours
    Guided Bird Walk
    Historic House
    Special Events
      Candlelight tours of museum and grounds
      Child's Christmas (stories and treats)
      Croquet Tournament
      Farm, Food & Music Festival

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    12075, Meadowgreens, Golf Course, Ghent, NY, Columbia County, Golf Course Attractions, 9-hole course, Driving range, Putting green Public Golf Course - Meadowgreens Course

    518-828-0666 
      Meadowgreens Golf Course is located at 1238 Route 9-H Road 1, Ghent, NY 12075 in Columbia County. Meadowgreens offers a country setting and is surrounded by woods. Although the fairways are tree lined, they provide generous landing areas. The greens are well manicured, and water hazards come into play on several holes. The ladies tee off from the same set of tees as the men.

    Golf Course Attractions
    9-hole course
    3012 yards with a par of 36
    Course rating 80.0 / slope = 108 /
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    12529, Adventure Park, Hillsdale NY, Columbia County, New York, Berkshire Mountains, family fun,  children, aerial forest adventure, exciting and safe, aerial forest rope course, Outdoor Activities, Rope courses Catamount Adventure Park

    518-325-3200 
      The Catamount Adventure Park is located at 3200 State Highway 23, Hillsdale NY 12529 in Columbia County; at the New York and Massachusetts border in the Berkshire Mountains. Catamount offers family fun for ages 8 and up. This aerial forest adventure is fun, exciting and safe for all participants. Everyone is equipped with a harness and shown a safety demonstration prior to their session. The Park has 8 separate courses for all abilities. . . . You will develop skills, endurance and confidence during your time in the Park. The Adventure Park Staff has been thoroughly trained to assist everyone using the Park.

    Catamount Adventure Park is an aerial forest rope course consisting of platforms that have been installed in the trees with ropes and cables connecting them to form "bridges" or "canopy tours". The objective is to move from tree platform to tree platform walking over the different secured bridges to complete the ropes course. There are some small scale zip lines throughout the eight different courses. Each ropes course will have a different degree of difficulty. There are no motorized rides in the park. Our park is all about active participation. While on the courses you are fully secured by your harness at all times, it is all about thrills, chills, but no spills.

    Catamount Adventure Park is closed for the winter season and opens again in May 2010. Press blue button for more information about the park.

    Outdoor Activities
    Rope courses

    The word is Many children and adults love the challenge and plan to return.

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    12529, Ski Area, Hillsdale, NY, Columbia County, New York, ski areas, Berkshires, ski, snowboard, Winter Outdoor Activities, Children's programs, Skiing, Snowboarding Catamount Ski Area

    518-325-3200 
      Catamount Ski Area is located at State Route 23 East, Hillsdale NY 12529 in Columbia County on the Massachusetts / New York state line. Catamount Ski Area is one of the oldest original operating ski areas in the Northeast. Catamount first opened in 1939. The mountain was served by three rope tows - two 1,000' long, the third 800' long. A 500-vertical-foot climb was required to reach the summit.

    Today, Catamount is one of the top recreation draws in the Berkshires, thanks to philosophy of continually improving and expanding the ski and snowboard product. Snowmaking has been continually expanded and improved upon over the years . . . more than 98 percent of terrain is covered.

    Press blue button for information about the mountain, snow & trail reports, mountain statistics, and more.

    Outdoor Winter Activities
    Skiing
    Snowboarding

    Ski Area Features . . .
    Catamount Snow Sports School
    Children's programs
    Rental equipment

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    Hudson's antiques shops, Things To Do at Harrier Hill Park, Bird Watching and Nature Study at Harrier Hill Park, Hiking and walking trails, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing, Stockport-Greenport Trail, birding, Antique shopping, restaurants Hudson Harrier Hill Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

     
      Harrier Hill Park
    City of Hudson, Columbia County
    Hudson River Valley, New York State

    This beautiful grassland offers splendid long-distance views of the Catskills and the Hudson River. These protected acres in Columbia County include meadows, wooded bluffs and a hay farm, all near the Stockport Flats Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Harrier Hill Park is maintained in cooperation with the Columbia Land Conservancy.

    From Scenic Hudson: "After a morning browsing through Hudson's antiques shops, Harrier Hill offers the perfect counterpoint - nature at its most sublime. The park's location atop an open ridge makes it a standout for savoring vistas immortalized by Frederic Church, Thomas Cole and fellow painters in the Hudson River School. In fact, there's no better place to survey the rugged grandeur of the Catskill Mountains or the lordly river that flows before them. For a real treat, stick around for the sunset. In the park's pavilion, shaped like a corncrib in homage to the land's previous incarnation as a dairy farm, you can escape the sun, but keep your binoculars handy. The surrounding fields, also protected by Scenic Hudson, support a wide variety of birds - including the Northern harrier, the hawk for which the park is named. Grasslands in the valley and elsewhere are vanishing at an alarming rate, eliminating essential bird habitat. Here's one meadow where our feathered friends will always be welcome."

    Things To Do at Harrier Hill Park
    Bird Watching and Nature Study
    Hiking and Walking Trails
    Parks
    Picnicking at Harrier Hill Park

      Winter Activities at Harrier Hill Park
      Cross Country Skiing
      Snowshoeing
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    A short, universally accessible trail leads from the parking area past a farm pond to the pavilion. The 2-mile Stockport-Greenport Trail, which traverses a dramatic ravine, connects with additional hiking opportunities in the Greenport Conservation Area.

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    After a day of birding, walking, or Antiquing shopping in Hudson, enjoy eating out at one of the excellent restaurants in Hudson in Columbia County, New York.

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    12184, Country Club, Albany, Valatie, New York, Berkshire, Catskill, Mountains, Hudson Valley's golf courses, Golf Course Attractions, Golf only facility, 18-hole, Championship golf course Semi-private Golf Course - Winding Brook Golf Course

    518-758-9117 
      Winding Brook Country Club is located about 20 miles south of Albany at 2839 Route 203, Valatie, New York 12184. Nestled between the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains, we are considered one of Hudson Valley's most serene and striking semi-private golf courses. We offer an 18 hole, thoughtfully designed Championship golf course on 265-acres that has a private feel with breathtaking scenery.

    Golf Course Attractions
    Golf only facility
    18-hole Championship golf course
    Championship tees = 6314 yards / par 72
    Course rating / slope = 69.0 / 123
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    Outdoor Activities and Things To Do
    Columbia County
    Hudson Valley

    Are you looking for things to do in Columbia County? Enjoy a family day-trip to one of the many beautiful parks along the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound. Go biking, hiking, fishing, or boating at one of the beautiful ponds or lakes at a Columbia County park. On the hot days of summer, cool off in one of the many swimming pools and beaches available throughout Columbia County.

    If you are looking for good outdoor activities in Columbia County, there are many things to do. Columbia County is flush with parks, hiking trails, nature trails, and amazing historic sites . Both children and adults enjoy learning about the history of the Hudson Valley. Tour the historic sites of Westchester and Dutchess County, up through the northern Hudson Valley counties of Albany and Rensselaer.

    Autumn in the Hudson Valley is spectacular; especially as leaves begin to turn to red, golden yellow, and rich shades of cranberry and plum. Be sure to surprise the children, including even the older kids, with a day-out of apple, berry, or pumpkin picking. Or, take a scenic drive into the countryside and walk in the beautiful parks and on the scenic trails of the Hudson Valley.

    In autumn, the backdrop of breathtaking fall colors enhances a hike on the hiking trails in and around Columbia County. Explore the many parks offering playgrounds and picnicking for the whole family. Select outdoor activities in Columbia County. Columbia offers many things to do with children, as well as fun activities for singles, or family activities. Visit Columbia's parks, nature preserves, hiking trails, biking trails, and much more; all very beautiful and abundant in Columbia County.

    If you enjoy golf, find golf courses in Columbia County. For the younger children in the family, try miniature golf courses. And remember, activity is good for everyone!

    Activity is for Everyone
    Healthy living and physical fitness are closely connected. Being physically fit not only helps people live healthy lives; it also helps people live longer. People who make physical activity and exercise a part of their daily lives when they are young are more likely to keep it in their lives, as they grow older and benefit from it throughout their lifespan. Physical activity is any movement that spends energy. Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is structured and planned.

    Exercise offers other benefits, including strengthened muscles, increased flexibility, and stronger bones. Regular activity also promises mental-health benefits, like relieving stress and anxiety. It can help you sleep better and renew your energy.

    Virtually everyone benefits from physical activity and exercise. However, every few years, surveys confirm the well-known fact that most people aren't active enough. While many children engage in physical activity, the amount of physical activity and exercise they get as they grow into adolescents usually declines. In fact, many researchers believe that physical inactivity is a national health problem that can increase the risk of illness and disease.

    It is widely accepted by the health community that doing some kind of physical activity or exercise on a regular basis helps to increase strength and flexibility, improve endurance, control weight, increase bone mass, and improve self-esteem. Exercise also reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and the risk of developing high blood pressure.

    The best way to keep physical activity and exercise a permanent part of one's life is to make it fun and enjoyable. If people are given different options of what they can do and have easy access to those options, they are more likely to participate in physical activity and exercise. This allows people to have a positive attitude toward physical fitness. It's also helpful if people are knowledgeable about the rewards of physical activity and exercise.

    Physical activity and exercise benefits both the body and the mind in numerous ways. Activity options include team and individual sports, walking, gardening, dancing, and even doing everyday household chores.

    Benefits of Exercise and Physical Fitness
    It is generally accepted that exercise improves health and well-being. Physical activity doesn't need to be strenuous for a person to enjoy benefits to health. However, by sensibly increasing physical activity - you increase your health benefits. Exercise also believed to increase endorphins, a protein in the brain that act as the body's natural pain reliever.

    Exercise and Physical Fitness Concepts

      Cardiovascular Fitness
      Cardiovascular fitness is improved by aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular health as it typically uses the body's largest groups of muscles (the legs) continually which makes a person need more oxygen. Exercise increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. Examples of aerobic exercise include running, walking fast, biking, and dancing. Cardiovascular or aerobic activity also strengthens the heart and lungs.

      Regular activity and exercise make for a healthier heart. A healthy heart enhances the efficiency of circulating blood throughout the body. The heart pumps blood, which carries oxygen to muscles and carries away waste. How well the heart performs is a good indication of a person's cardiovascular system.

      Endurance
      Endurance refers to a person's ability to continue doing a stressful activity for an extended period of time, also known as stamina. What this means is that a person with good endurance or stamina can bike, jog, play, or run for a long time without getting tired. A healthy endurance level means that a person has a healthy level of cardiovascular fitness. Cardiovascular fitness refers to how efficiently the heart and lungs can pump blood (which holds oxygen) to muscles used during a workout. The more efficiently the heart works, the more energy the body has to continue working without a great deal of effort.

      Activity and Exercise
      Activity and exercise help the cardiovascular system by improving circulation. Circulation is increased because physical activity increases a person's blood volume. This makes it easier for the heart to function and more blood gets to muscles, meaning more oxygen is carried to the muscles. Exercise and activity also help reduce a person's chances of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension. Physical fitness can reduce the risk of suffering serious consequences, such as a stroke, from high blood pressure.

      Gain Strength
      Strength is the ability to resist force. Muscles constantly resist force. The more strength a person has, the easier it is for muscles to resist greater force. For instance, someone who can lift one hundred pounds of weight once is stronger than someone who can lift fifty pounds of weight twice. Just as regular physical activity builds strength, it also builds muscle endurance. Similar to cardiovascular endurance, muscle endurance means that muscles are able to work for longer periods.

      Stronger Bones May Prevent Illness
      Stronger muscles go hand in hand with stronger bones and healthy joints. And, as the body builds muscle, it tends to lose fat, which results in a leaner, healthier body. Weight-bearing activities build better bones.

      There are several reasons why weight-bearing activities build better bones. First, these activities seem to actually stimulate the formation of bone. Also, with physical activity comes muscle strength, which means that the muscles that are exerted grow stronger; this, in turn, benefits the bones. Finally, with improved strength, balance, and coordination, the risk of falls and bone injuries is greatly reduced.

      Having thicker, healthier bones helps combat arthritis and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that gradually weakens bones, making them so fragile that they can fracture easily doing everyday activities. Although osteoporosis mainly strikes older people, it is during childhood and adolescence that bones are forming. Building stronger bones during adolescence will help combat diseases such as osteoporosis later in life.

      Breath Easier and Strengthen Lung Capacity
      As people grow older, their lung capacity (how much air the lungs hold) typically reduces. Cardiovascular activity and exercise can combat this because aerobic activities actually increase lung capacity. So while lung capacity will continue to diminish because of age, with regular activity - especially aerobic activity, it will do so at a slower rate.

      Energy
      Physical activity and exercise require energy, as does everything. In addition to expending energy, however, physical activity also gives people increased energy throughout the entire day. The immune system also benefits from regular physical activity. A healthy immune system helps fight colds, cancer, and other diseases, and speeds recovery from all kinds of injuries.

      Sleep
      The human body needs sleep. Sleep gives us energy. Regular physical activity helps people sleep more soundly. The more soundly one sleeps, the more energy one saves up during that time, and the more energy a person has to work, play, study, and enjoy life.

      Improve Flexibility
      Young people are usually quite flexible. However, as with lung capacity, flexibility diminishes as people grow older. Activities and exercises that increase flexibility such as: gymnastics, martial arts, and yoga, are helpful in preventing injuries. The more flexible a person is, the less likely he or she is to suffer a sprain or strain a muscle.

    Physical Activity and Exercise Benefit the Mind
    Physical activity and exercise are beneficial to the mind as well as the body. They help improve a person's health and overall outlook on life. The great thing about physical activity and exercise is that it doesn't matter what a person does as long as it raises the heart rate for a certain period of time (twenty to thirty minutes) You can bike, run, swim, walk, garden, etc. - all healthy activity benefits the mind. People experience a natural high thereby developing the ability to better handle emotions and changes in life.

      Endorphins - Our Natural High
      When a person is physically active or exercises for a certain period of time—about 20 minutes or longer—the body releases endorphins, proteins in the brain that act as the body's natural pain reliever. When endorphins are released, a person may experience a feeling of euphoria.

      Exercise Helps Relieve Depression and Anxiety
      Many people suffer from depression and anxiety. A person may feel just depressed or anxious or experience both depression and anxiety at the same time. Depression can cause people to feel sad, tired, and hopeless. Researchers have found that in mild cases, physical activity and exercise can help relieve feelings of depression and lower a person's anxiety.

      Handle Stress Better
      Stress is a normal part of every person's life. However, too much stress can cause health problems. Some symptoms of stress include anxiety, high blood pressure, irritability, tense muscles, headaches, stomach aches, and lower resistance to illness. Physical activity and exercise, especially noncompetitive activity, help to manage stress. They give a person the opportunity to feel calmer and more alert, which can help a person work through the things that are causing the stress. They also boost the immune system.

      Improve Concentration
      Concentration is important for learning and understanding new things. Being physically active and exercising can help improve concentration. Staying physically fit has also been found to help people maintain memory longer. As people get older, their memory skills can deteriorate, and physical activity and exercise can help ward off this effect.

      Feel Calmer and Sleep Soundly
      Physical activity and exercise can make people feel more alert during the day, while also allowing people to feel calmer and sleep more soundly. When people are active, their body temperature rises and warms their insides. This soothes the body, like a warm bath, and causes a person to feel calmer. This feeling, along with the lower anxiety and stress and physical benefits of physical activity and exercise, helps a person to sleep soundly at night.

    Activity Promotes Fitness
    There are many types of activities that improve a person's physical fitness. The options range from traditional aerobics to alternative practices such as yoga, pilates, and martial arts. Each activity has its own specific benefits and requires different kinds of equipment. Choosing the best activities involves finding the ones that are the most pleasurable and fun. The most important thing is doing some kind of activity on a regular basis.

      Sports
      Participation in sports and other healthy physical activities are a great way of staying active. Sports offer wonderful rewards for mental health. Being involved in sports has been proven to help people learn valuable skills for dealing with life's ups and downs. They teach people how to interact with others and work as a team. Sports also help people become more independent and feel better about themselves.

      Children, Kids, Preteens
      Physical activity and exercise are not the same. And while both are good, most experts recommend that kids and preteens focus more on being physically active (such as playing or bike-riding) than on actually doing structured exercise. Playing is simple and fun. The options are endless and the benefits are great. Playing increases strength, flexibility, coordination, and muscle tone and, because it increases the heart rate, it burns fat as well. In addition to the physical benefits, playing relieves stress and imparts a positive attitude about life and physical fitness. Playing activities include: Frisbee, tag, hide-and-seek, playing with a pet, gardening, and hopscotch. There are many outdoor activities for children that can be enjoyed during a day out in the parks of Columbia NY.

      Aerobic Exercise
      Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and lungs and tones the body. There are two types of aerobics: high-impact and low-impact. Both involve moving the body for at least twenty minutes in order to increase the heart rate to a point where the body is burning fat. High-impact aerobics involves dance combinations and jumping movements, while low-impact aerobics uses similar movements without the jumping. Low-impact aerobics is gentler to the joints because one foot is always touching the floor and therefore it is less likely to cause injury.

      Biking
      Although just north of New York City, Columbia County offers magnificent parks, scenic views, and many opportunities for exercise. Biking is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Children love a day out where they can safely ride their bikes on the many biking trails that Columbia offers. Visit biking trails in Columbia and spend a day biking with the children. Biking can be enjoyed by everyone and is an exercise that builds strength and balance. Riding for just twenty minutes will make the heart stronger and help the body burn fat.

      Most people learn to ride bikes as children, so all it takes to participate is a bicycle and road to ride it on. Some people choose to ride on the road, while others buy a mountain bike that allows them to ride on dirt roads and trails in the woods or in the mountains. In addition to having a bike, people need to wear helmets and have reflectors attached to the bike. Many people ride with friends or even join a cycling club to meet others who like to use their pedals to get their hearts pumping. Enjoy biking, a wonderfully healthy and gratifying outdoor exercise.

      Boxing
      Boxing tones and strengthens the whole body. Whether a person is just punching the air, called shadow boxing, or punching a bag, boxing helps burn fat, relieve stress, and increase endurance and confidence. People interested in learning to box usually take classes at a local gym or learn boxing moves from a video. With boxing gloves and loose comfortable workout clothing, you can box at a gym, a recreation center, or at home. It is also possible to learn how to kick box, which uses the legs and the arms to punch the air or a bag.

      Dance
      Dance is great exercise for the whole body. It not only tones the body and burns fat, but it also improves balance and coordination. There are many different types of dance, including ballet, tap, modern, country-western, jazz, and hip-hop. Some people choose to take classes to learn the right technique. This can be especially important for tap and ballet. Others may rent or buy a video that teaches them the right moves. However, dance doesn't have to be structured. Dancing to a song on the radio or to a favorite CD is enough for some people. Dancing in any form is a fun way to become physically fit.

      Gymnastics
      Gymnastics is an intense activity that strengthens every muscle in the body. It also improves coordination and flexibility; however, it can be risky since many of the moves include flips and jumps that can cause injury. Practicing gymnastics requires classes at a gym with special equipment, a training camp, or a gymnastics clinic. It also requires an instructor, as gymnastic moves are difficult and cannot be learned without proper instruction.

      Hiking
      One of the best things about hiking is being surrounded by nature. Hiking trails can be found everywhere, giving hikers many choices of trails that differ in difficulty and scenery. The many benefits of hiking include the opportunity to go birding in Columbia County, where you can feel the beauty of nature all around.

      Ice Skating
      Ice skating works the lower body, including thighs, hips, and buttocks. It also strengthens the heart, burns fat, and improves balance and coordination. Individual and group lessons are available at local rinks. It's also possible to learn how to figure skate, which involves doing spins, jumps, and dance moves on the ice. Having a supportive pair of skates is essential. If there's nowhere to ice skate, but the activity is appealing, in-line skating is a great alternative.

      In-Line Skating
      In-line skating is similar to ice-skating but it's done on concrete, not ice. It works the lower body and strengthens the heart. In-line skating has grown in popularity over recent years and many people consider it to be one of the most fun activities to do.

      Martial Arts
      The martial arts are a combination of physical activity and mental strength and development. The practice of the arts goes back thousands of years; they work to improve the body's strength, power, speed, endurance, control, balance, awareness, and timing. In addition to physical training, martial arts benefit the mind through meditation that brings peace of mind in daily life.

      Running
      Running is an intense exercise. It's great for increasing heart rate, burning fat, and relieving stress. The muscles in the legs and stomach become stronger through running, and many runners talk of a "runner's high," which can be attributed to the release of endorphins, or the body's natural pain reliever, into the bloodstream.

      Skiing, Snowboarding and Ice Hockey
      Downhill skiing improves muscle tone for the whole body, as well as increasing balance and endurance. Cross-country skiing means constantly moving the arms and legs in a rhythmic fashion, which keeps the heart pumping fast. Snowboarding increases muscle tone in the lower body, while also improving balance and coordination. For a team activity during the winter months, join a beginner's game of ice hockey. If you love winter sports, try one of many winter sports available throughout the Hudson Valley. Visit cross-country skiing in Columbia, and find all the fantastic places to go sledding, snowmobiling, and cross-county skiing in the Hudson Valley.

      Swimming
      Swimming is a great activity that is easy on the body's joints because the water cushions the body while it moves. Swimming tones the whole body and increases the heart rate. It can be structured or unstructured. Doing laps with different types of strokes is a possibility, as is just playing around in the water with friends or participating in a water volleyball game. Swimming tones the whole body and increases the heart rate.

      Team Sports
      Team sports offer a variety of benefits that are unique to each sport. Hockey, basketball, and soccer, for example, require constant movement and therefore are great for increasing the heart rate, burning fat, and toning muscle. They also improve coordination and endurance. Softball, baseball, football, and volleyball increase muscle strength and coordination. Track and field benefits the whole body as it can involve running, sprinting, jumping, and throwing. All team sports usually require the participant to train for the playing season.

      Tennis
      Tennis can be played with two or four people, called singles or doubles. Either way provides a good workout, increasing strength in the arms and the legs, as well as improving eye-hand coordination. Singles is a more intense activity since one does not have a partner to help cover the court.

      Walking
      Walking is one of the most simple and accessible activities. Most people do some walking every day. Going for a fast and long walk, sometimes called power walking, will increase heart rate and burn fat, while also improving endurance. Walking uphill will increase muscle tone in the legs, back, stomach, and buttocks. Pumping the arms while walking will tone the arms and shoulders. If you enjoy walking, studying nature or a power walk to get your heart pumping; visit walking trails in Columbia N.Y.

      Yoga
      Yoga is a series of exercises that incorporate regulated breathing, concentration, and flexibility. Yoga is a way of life that connects the mind, body, and spirit. Through different poses, or postures, yoga improves flexibility, strength, circulation, and relieves stress while helping a person achieve peace of mind. Yoga will also improve the body's alignment, which means all the body's parts are in the right position for good health.




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