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5 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Health on Your Next Adventure

From hiking to rock climbing to white water kayaking, adventures await around the corner, and you want to be prepared to take them on. Wherever your next adventure takes you, these suggestions can help you tackle the trails while maintaining your health.

1. Pack for the Conditions

There is not much worse than getting stuck out in miserable conditions. Except for getting stuck in them unprepared. While you will probably have a few pieces that carry over for every trip, your gear will change a little from each adventure to the next. And a big factor in deciding what to bring along will be the weather and terrain conditions you expect to meet.

While you can't be certain what mother nature will throw your way, you can check out long-range forecasts and educate yourself about normal weather patterns for where you'll be.

A rain poncho or suit is something that should always be in your pack, but you may want to add a rain fly or tarp to keep stuff dry at night if the weather may get wet. Wool socks that stay warm if they are wet or dry can be good for cooler weather. Your sleeping bag and tent should be appropriate for expected nighttime temperatures. And shoes should be comfortable, supportive, and appropriate for the terrain.

2. Be Prepared for an Emergency

Would you be prepared in the event of an emergency? In the outdoors, that can mean the difference between getting out on your own, needing a rescue, or not getting out at all.

Always tell someone your itinerary, even if it isn't set in stone. In the case of an emergency, it can be helpful for others to have a general idea of where you are. Make sure they know when you are leaving, where you are planning to park, and when you should be expected back.

Pack a first aid kit that is appropriate for whatever activities you are planning. Adhesive bandages, allergy and pain medications, and antiseptic are all necessities. Store it all in a dry bag so that your supplies don't get damaged in any rain or wet conditions.

3. Fuel Your Activity

Plan to eat a little more than usual thanks to higher than normal activity levels on your adventure. Start by eating a well-balanced diet rich in whole foods. Vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats should be the stars of your meals.

Pack an assortment of filling and nutritious snacks to make sure you keep your energy and health up. You don't have to rely on packaged protein bars to keep yourself going. A handful of nuts is a great calorie-dense snack to provide fats and protein. Add in some dried fruit and the natural sugars will give a boost to lagging energy levels.

4. Give Your Immune System a Boost

When you start an adventure with a strong immune system, you are less likely to get worn down or sick along the way. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to build up immunity in advance of your next trip.

Lowering your stress levels through exercise, relaxation techniques, and meditation can help increase your natural immunity. Try adding aromatherapy to your practice to boost your mood and as a natural defense against germs. Young Living Essential Oils can be added to diffusers or diluted and applied to your skin to harness the power of their plant compounds.

5. Stay Hydrated

You can't go very long without adequate water supplies. In fact, most people will only survive for about three days without it. Since death is the opposite of staying healthy on your adventure, you should plan to have adequate water supplies for the entire time you are gone.

Expect to consume about two liters of water each day. It may be a little more or less depending on the temperature and how hard you are exerting yourself. If there is a reliable source of water where you are going, bring an appropriate purification device to make it safe for drinking. Be aware that, in some places, water may only be present seasonally, or there may be none at all. In that case, you will need to carry whatever you plan to drink.

Taking care of yourself and staying prepared will make staying healthy on the trail easier. This way, when you hear adventure calling, you can head out with your safety and health in mind. 

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