Delaware Easy Striders, Group Hike
Hiking is the focus of Delaware Easy Striders founded by partial retiree Peter Gisler. The Facebook page describes the group as like-minded individuals “joined together to hike and enjoy the beauty and outdoors of southern Delaware.” The hikes are more like brisk walks and it is easy to find out how many calories one can burn via the Healthline website.
Gisler organizes two hikes per month on Sundays from October through April (they were suspended last year). Visit the group’s FACEBOOK to check in regarding upcoming walks.
Gisler knows the value of regular exercise and recreation having run a New Jersey sporting goods store. “Everyone is welcome,” he says but he strongly urges those 50 and over to join the group so they have the option of participating in the Delaware Senior Olympics. Easy Striders has ranked #1 in the state for 12 years.
Hiking/brisk walking can lower your risk of heart disease, Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, boost bone density (walking is a weight-bearing exercise), build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs and strengthen your core.
Hiking is the group’s connection but participants also indulge in biking, tennis, kayaking, pickleball and disk golf – activities that “offer other opportunities for fresh air and exercise”. Oh, and they are known to gather after a hike for a little socializing at a local restaurant.