Hiking is a wonderful way to leave your normal routine behind and find adventure. To safely enjoy a hiking trip, there are seven key steps every hiker should take.
Get Physically Fit
For a novice hiking enthusiast, it's easy to underestimate how physically taxing hiking can be. Even a relatively easy trail may have inclines, uneven terrain, long treks and areas where minor climbing will be necessary. To avoid finding yourself in a precarious situation without adequate strength and endurance, make sure you prepare your body well in advance. Do regular cardio exercise and incorporate weight training to build muscle. Go to a local gym and speak to a trainer or research online to find workouts that will help you get into proper hiking condition.
Along with being physically active, adequate nutrition is crucial for every hiker. Start with proper hydration: your body needs 64 ounces of water per day to be well hydrated and to function properly. When hiking, you will need a high-quality canteen and extra water to be sure you do not become dehydrated.
Eating a well-balanced diet is necessary because it will give your body the energy and stamina needed to handle a long hike. Proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains and healthy fats are required to give you the nutrients you need. To be sure you are getting optimal nutrition, supplements are a beneficial choice. If you aren’t completely sure which supplements are right for you, consider those with proven results. Search for customer testimonies such as thrive reviews to know you are getting a recommended product that will give your body a positive boost.
It is always important to think about what kind of hike you’d like to do and then to research the best locations. If you are a beginner, it is best to search for recommended beginner hikes to make sure you do not bite off more than you can chew. Once you’ve enjoyed some of the easier hikes, you’ll quickly be ready to take on more challenging adventures.
Get a Great Bag
Any hiker knows that a high-quality bag is an essential part of a positive hiking experience. Your hiking bag should be lightweight since you’ll be carrying it for hours on end, and it should be comfortable and have the capacity to easily hold all that you’ll be bringing along. Also, you never know what weather you may encounter, so it is important to have a water-resistant/waterproof bag to protect your belongings.
Dress for Success
Your shoes or boots should keep your feet comfortable and also be protective and sturdy enough to keep your feet safe from sharp rocks and branches. They should also have a good rubber sole that will keep you from slipping.
Your clothes should be lightweight and comfortable. Avoid clothes that are too restrictive and always research the forecast so you'll know if you should dress for heat, cold, rain or snow.
Once you have a quality backpack, it’s important to pack any other items you may need throughout your hike. Charge your cell phone fully before setting out and also take along a portable charger. The sun can be brutal so be sure to take sunscreen and sunglasses. It is also extremely important to pack a first aid kit that is fully stocked with bandages, alcohol, pain medication and allergy medication for any bugs or irritating plants that may surprise you on the trail.
Communicate With Others
Before setting out into the wilderness, let someone outside of your hiking party know exactly when and where you are going and also when you should be back. This way, if an emergency occurs or if you are stranded, there will be someone aware and able to call for emergency help if you do not come back as planned. Though hiking is a wonderful pastime, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Hiking is fun, refreshing and rewarding. By preparing yourself well, you'll be free to enjoy your next hike to the fullest!
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