Activities that Make you Active : Hiking

When it comes to getting a workout in, you want to make it a hobby that you want to engage in. It is a great way to both stay in shape, and keep yourself motivated. After all, we all do what we want to do both on a conscious and subconscious level. So, how do you get into a hobby that gets you in shape?  You learn about it! So, we are going to cover how to get into a new hobby that will get you in shape. This one involves nature, survival and relaxation, hiking.

Hiking

Hiking is a great way to get in shape using the natural elements. It is also a way to get in touch with nature and provide a greater understanding of the world around you. However, if you are unfamiliar with the basic health and safety measures that come with hiking, it can leave you in a medical emergency.

So, if you are starting out, you want to make sure that you not only try to get your workout in but also know how to take care of yourself. So, what are some requirements for nature hiking?hiking, trail

Get in Shape Beforehand

While there are easy trails, there is going to be the occasional elevation and uneven pathways. To make this easier from couch to hitting the trails, you do this by making a transition in between.

Walking two to three times a week can help acclimate your body to the elevated heart rate that is common during hiking. It is also important to wear the same shoes that you plan on hiking with to prevent blisters. Also, wear a light pack on your back so you can get used to the concept of carrying equipment.

 Know your Trail or Find Someone Who Does

If you are going in blind, and are unfamiliar with any outdoor trails it is a good idea to start out with a short trail. There are a variety of trails that vary in both difficulty and length. The last thing you want to do is pick a difficult trail that will increase the chances of you getting hurt or turn you off the idea of hiking.

A great way to do this is to research the trails beforehand. There is usually a difficulty rating system, as well as an eta of how long a hike will take.

Another way to make this work is to hire someone or find a friend who knows how to hike, as well as how the trails work. Safety in numbers is an important tactic when you are hiking. So, if you have an expert on your side, then you are more likely to not only have a fun time, but you will also be able to learn the right way to handle the trail you are hiking on.

Check the Weather

The day before and even a few hours on the day of the hike, it is important to check the weather. This information will not only help you figure out how to dress and where to pack, but it can keep you from getting caught by surprise.

You can even learn the telltale signs of weather patterns so you can decide whether to take a longer or shorter hike. For instance, the shape of a cloud can help you determine whether it is about to rain long before they go grey.

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Get the Right Hiking Equipment

You want to be well prepared for a hike The right equipment can make your hike enjoyable and can increase your chances of survival in the wild if you plan on camping.

According to liftopia.com

“The 10 essentials have gradually shifted from a list of items to a list of systems. These are the systems you should pack to stay safe in the outdoors, including facing a potential overnight. Depending on the length and remoteness of your hike, expand or minimize each system. For example, on a short summer hike near services, a compact emergency blanket should be fine. However, a remote winter hike would require something more extensive. 

Ten Essential Systems

  • Navigation (map & compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Nutrition (extra food)
  • Hydration (extra water)
  • Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag) .”

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