Hiking at OP Arboretum and Powell Gardens

Before the summer temperatures start soaring into the triple digits, now is the perfect time to head out to the beautiful gardens in Kansas City and enjoy nature!  Put on your favorite walking shoes, pack some snacks and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Trail Mix Wendy Bumgardner © 2008

The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a great place to enjoy a nature walk.  It has over 300 acres and 5 miles of paved walking trails.   Powell Gardens is another beautiful botanical garden with over 3 miles of hiking trails.  Powell Gardens also offers other health minded activities such as yoga.

If you are planning on hiking these beautiful trails for a while, packing a healthy snack is important.  Some healthy snack ideas are things like carrots, apples or bananas.  Trail mix can pack a powerful punch to give you the calories you need to keep your energy level up.  Here is a great recipe from about.com for Basic Trail Mix:

Basic Trail Mix Recipe

Equal parts of nuts and various dried fruits with additions of chocolate or coconut or salty snacks like pretzels or breakfast cereal. 
Let’s use a cup for an example. 
• 1 cup salted peanuts 
• 1 cup raisins 
• 1 cup M&Ms (preferred to chocolate chips because they won’t melt in your pack or pocket.) 
Mix and portion out, remembering that 1 ounce provides 140 calories. Adjust the proportions to taste.

http://walking.about.com/cs/snacks/a/recipetrailmix.htm

Get creative with your mix.  If you like dried cranberries or blueberries, add some to your mix.  Try different kinds of nuts like walnuts or almonds.  If you want to up your crunch factor, you can add air popped popcorn.  To keep it healthy stay with dark chocolate that has added health benefits to milk or white chocolate.  Don’t forget to stay hydrated on your walk and be sure to have plenty of water with you.

If you want to get out on the beautiful hiking trails, but heel pain is keeping you inside and miserable, it’s time to call Dr. Green at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.  Dr. Green can diagnose and treat your problem right in the office.  There are many causes for heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures.  Dr. Green has been treating patients suffering from heel pain for almost 20 years.  You will feel more comfortable and ready to hit the hiking trails in no time.  Remember, on unpaved trails wear a hiking boot that offers good ankle support.  On paved trails a walking or running shoe with good arch support is recommended.  If you are wearing the appropriate shoes and still have pain on the trails, give your podiatrist, Dr. Green, a call for an appointment today.

The best news is your podiatrist is conveniently located next to highway 435 so you can see Dr. Green, walk out of the office and jump right on the highway. You will be at the Overland Park Arboretum or Powell Gardens in no time.