trail hike walking walker webJoin Today to Track Your Progress and Earn Prizes Outdoor exercise has its own benefits. It strengthens your body, boosts your energy, promotes better sleep, and improves your mood, just to name a few. But when motivation is lacking, it never hurts to get a “atta boy" or "attagirl” for your efforts.

Get Your Tail on the Trail, a free motivational program created by St. Luke’s University Health Network and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L), helps people of all ages and abilities meet their personal fitness goals and recognizes them for their efforts. Anyone can join. Participants log their miles of exercise — walking, hiking, running, biking, or paddling.

"Our goal is straightforward: To get people outside and get them active," says Kathy Ramson, St. Luke's Network Director for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease. "We want people to be physically active because it is one of the best ways to prevent chronic disease. There's a good deal of data that show that if you exercise 150 minutes a week, you're going to have better health outcomes overall."

The centerpiece of the program is the nearly-continuous 165-mile multi-use D&L Trail that begins in the mountains near Wilkes-Barre and follows three historic transportation systems: the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the Lehigh Canal, and the Delaware Canal, en route to Bristol, just outside of Philadelphia. To track their progress and earn prizes, participants log their miles on the trail or anywhere they choose.
Between May 1 and November 8, Get Your Tail on the Trail encourages participants to meet the 165-Mile Challenge. A new app makes logging miles and staying motivated even easier.

With the app:
Get exclusive content about nutrition, events, and upcoming challenges.
Earn badges for your achievements based on your activity log.
Stay engaged all-year-round in activities and challenges.
Experience virtual tours of different parts of the trail.
Receive great prizes.

To register, go to tailonthetrail.org/.

Exercises In Humor from Milton Berle
I can't believe it happened: The other day, I jogged backwards and put on eight pounds!
Last week, I was a pallbearer for a friend. I get a lot of exercise being a pallbearer at funerals for friends who exercised!
I can do everything today that I could do when I was nineteen. Can you imagine what rotten shape I was in when I was nineteen?
I hear that exercise kills germs. But how do you get the little buggers to exercise?
I won't say I'm in bad shape, but I have to pause twice when I'm pulling my toothbrush out of the holder!

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