I am 40 pounds over weight. I just started being active again after a few years of poor eating and an unhealthy lifestyle. I tried a running program, but I find that a fast paced hike is a lot more fun to me! I also volunteer with our local SAR team, so hiking with a pack is natural to me.

Anyways, I asked on a well known running forum whether the above mentioned hiking would benefit a beginners running program. I was basically told I was wasting my time with hiking, even with a moderate pack! I was made to feel that unless I am marathon training, I'm not as dedicated. I do not agree with this.

I just quit drinking and cleaned up my diet. Please tell me a 30-minute power hike a few times a week will help get this weight off!