Hikes, Bikes and Water!

How to live an active lifestyle in Lincoln and Rocklin

Hi there!

We’re the Schroer family! 

I’m Giselle; this is my husband, Brandon, and sons, Ayden (11) and Jax (6). My husband and I both grew up in small towns in Northern California. Brandon grew up in Orland, CA, and I grew up in Anderson, CA. We met at Chico State and knew we wanted to raise our family with the same small-town feel that we grew up with. We moved to Lincoln nine years ago and immediately fell in love with the small-town vibe and amazing community! Plus, the abundance of activities we enjoy as a family that helps to keep us connected and healthy.

As a certified health coach and personal trainer, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something that is extremely important to me. Luckily, we live in an area where there are so many fun, exciting ways to prioritize health by staying active as a family. When I’m not training clients in my garage or working online with my nutrition clients, we are often out, adventuring and enjoying the fun things to do in our area.

Here are a few of our favorite local, active things to do!

Local Parks: 
Like most boys, Ayden and Jax are pretty active. So we frequent parks to burn off some of that energy! 

Nathan Dublin is one of our favorite parks to visit because it has so many fun active things to do. From an awesome playground that includes a zip line, to built-in workout equipment around the perimeter of the park that everyone enjoys. 

Our second favorite park is Whitney Ranch Community Park in Rocklin. It has a massive play structure with multiple opportunities to climb, run, jump and slide. 

Third on our list is McBean Park in Lincoln. An older local park mainly made out of wood with lots of tunnels, tire swings, and a rock climbing wall. What’s best about all of these parks is that there are usually plenty of other kids playing, and no matter what, Ayden and Jax find new friends to play tag with.

A great way to stay active is to go for hikes, and we are lucky to live close by some pretty great trails. Coyote Pond has a great flat trail that goes around the pond, but if you head off it towards the rocks, you’ll find a dirt path that takes you through, as my boys call it, “an enchanted forest” of oak and fig trees. If you go early spring, you’ll likely see moss, green leaves and maybe a few baby bunnies. If you go early summer, you might run into some of the grazing goats of Lincoln!

Another trail that’s just up the hill in the newer development above Twelve Bridges is a popular mountain bike trail. A little more incline and you have to watch out for bikers but another fun one we enjoy!

Popular with many locals is Hidden Falls trail which is a 3-mile round trip fairly easy hike that will take you to a gorgeous waterfall! This trail even has a stroller-accessible path, so is great for all ages and levels. This is a very family-friendly hike! 

Bike riding: 
One of our favorite ways to stay active is to go for family bike rides. We enjoy riding from our neighborhood to some of our favorite local restaurants in Twelve Bridges like Bagel and Bean. Sometimes we’ll load our bikes in our truck and drive to Nathan Dublin Park to ride by the ponds behind the park. Or to Lincoln Crossing to cruise the bike path to our favorite frozen yogurt spot, Magic Spoon.

Splash Pads and Swimming Pools: 
On hot summer days, we lather up with sunscreen and head out for some local water fun! McBean pool offers swim lessons, which both boys have enjoyed, open swim and a splash pad. Whitney Ranch Park has a large splash pad with dumping water and water tunnels that the kids love. Kathy Lund Park just up the street also has a great splash pad and is typically a little less busy.

Visiting a nearby lake or mountain for outdoor adventuring:
Living in Lincoln, we are just a short drive away from so many great places to adventure. We frequently head to Tahoe to go camping, hiking, or to play in the lake. Along with Tahoe, we love to head to Lake Natoma for paddle boarding or take the longer drive to Dillons Beach to play in the ocean. Just a TON of fun things to do whether you are staying local or up for a short drive! There’s really no shortage of fun, local, active ways to stay healthy as a family!

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How To Hydrate! 

Optimal water intake is without a doubt one of the most vital factors in good health. We need the proper amount of water in our bodies for every cellular function. Staying hydrated involves more than just drinking a lot of water.

Here Are Some Practical Ways to Stay Hydrated:

Sip on sports drinks and coconut water.
When we sweat, we lose electrolytes, which are minerals found in the blood that help to regulate the amount of water in the body. Natural sports drinks or electrolyte replacement powders, such as Ultima or Trace Minerals Power Paks, that can be added to your water help prolong exercise and rehydrate our bodies on a cellular level.

Add supplemental sodium.
The sodium chloride in salt is a major hydration booster!

Eat plenty of fruits and veggies.
Cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, watermelon, peaches, oranges, strawberries, and cantaloupe all contain over 90% water. Eating these throughout the day will naturally increase hydration.

Don’t forget broths and soups.
Broths and soups contain over 90% water and usually have salt in them as well. So, you get the benefits of hydration and sodium chloride all in one. Many people overlook these in the summer, but they can be even more important now than when it’s cold out.

Pre-hydrate before you go out.
Long days in the sun, physical activity and other summer activities require extra hydration beyond what is needed for being inside. Plan for this extra hydration at least 24 hours before heading out.

Pay attention to your body.
It’s easy to ignore the early warning signs of dehydration, and many people don’t notice them until it’s too late. The best way to know if you are dehydrated is a headache. If you start to experience severe dehydration or heat stroke, seek medical attention as soon as possible.