Want to exercise outside but don't know where to start?

Staying physically active is an important part of good health and maintaining your weight. Some people love the gym and for others a great fitness DVD gets them going, but the outdoors also offers up many options for exercising while enjoying the natural environment.

If you are drawn to exercising outside, but often have thoughts like "it's going to take too long," "what if the trail is too hard for me?" or simply "where do I go?" then we have found a great app to help you on your way.

The AllTrails app (from AllTrails, Inc.) gives you access to over 40,000 trail guides for everything from walking/hiking to snowshoeing. By accessing the GPS on your phone, it lets you easily browse trails in your area by distance, length (shortest) and most popular. A simple-to-use map device will even give you directions from where you are. Once you choose a trail, you can access the trail map, read reviews by others who have been there and more.

Because the app also gives you time estimates for completing an activity, you can also plan your outdoor time in a way that you know will work in your schedule.
This app is available both in the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace. It's free—so you don't lose anything by trying it out—but you may just discover something wonderful!

Happy trails! http://alltrails.com/