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Shape-Up In Shasta Cascade
Come For The Fun and Leave The Weight Behind 

When was the last time you stood at the foot of majesty?Search no further than he exquisite nature of California's Shasta Cascade; experience the vast, unspoiled, landscape of stunning vistas, towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, whitewater, lush forests and pristine lakes and rivers. The region provides the perfect backdrop for a workout no matter your fitness level. Get your workout started in one of the Shasta Cascade's natural treadmills; choose from seven national forests, eight national and state parks, the Trinity Alps, the northern Sierra Nevada and the California Cascade range. For more details about the glories of the Shasta Cascade, visit

The Sacramento River

California's longest River, the Sacramento, earns the title of well-mannered giant.  The gentle and swift flow alongside class I and II rapids make the Sacramento an ideal venue for experienced and first time paddle boarders.  The mild weather, mountainous landscape, and easy access to area lakes and rivers supply endless opportunities for paddle boarding enthusiasts to burn some extra calories. Not only does Paddle boarding give you exposure to the sun to elevate your vitamin D levels it also builds muscle and burns calories to help you lose fat. A paddling workout can play a key role in your fitness routine if you have a few pounds to lose or want to strengthen your core:

  • Paddleboarding burns an average of 600 calories per hour
  • Kayaking burns between 360-950 calories an hour  
  • Canoeing comes in at approximately 400 calories per hour
  • River Rafting burns at least 230 calories per hour. 

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According to the Mayo Clinic, being active is an important part of any weight-loss or weight-maintenance program. When you're active, your body uses more energy (calories) and, when you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. 

Explore Shasta Cascade's National Forests

The eight National Forests and numerous mountains and parks in the Shasta Cascade Region offer breathtaking settings perfect for getting fit with an abundance of prime backpacking and hiking areas.

Just by hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, a person can burn calories and lose weight. The amount of calories burned hiking depends on weight. It also depends on whether you are wearing a backpack or not while you are hiking. You should also take in to account the terrain when hiking. The amount of calories burned hiking a mountain, for instance, will be different than tackling a cross country hiking trail.

Calories burned hiking with a backpack:

·      If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 413 calories burned hiking per hour:

·      If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 493 calories burned per hour

·      If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 572 calories burned per hour

·      If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 651 calories burned per hour

Calories burned hiking without a backpack:

·      If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 354 calories burned hiking per hour

·      If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 422 calories burned per hour

·      If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 490 calories burned per hour

·      If you weigh roughly  205 pounds: 558 calories burned per hour

Those who are really looking for some weight loss results might consider taking along extra weight, like a few extra water bottles. 

Mountain Biking

The varied terrain of the National Forests supplies endless recreation for mountain bikers too. The Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, stretching from Shasta Dam to Sundial Bridge in Redding, offers a 17.4 mile trek for hikers and bikers, and has been recognized as the 7th best trail in California by Rails to Trails Magazine. Moderate to experienced mountain bikers will enjoy the challenging terrain and tactical descents found at the Swasey Recreation Area outside Redding. For more information on biking trails, go to .

The amount of calories burned mountain biking depends on a few different factors, mainly weight.

·      If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 502 calories burned mountain biking per hour:

·      If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 598 calories burned per hour

·      If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 695 calories burned per hour

·      If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 791 calories burned per hour

Walking in Mother Nature  Your weight combined with the distance you walk determines the amount of calories burned. Walking speed matters less than distance and weight. A rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile are burned for a 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile for a 120-pound person.

The spectacular scenery of the Shasta Cascade is most appropriately named a wonderland. So why not visit the scenic vistas of mountains, lakes, and rivers and leave the weight behind. For more information visit and

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