Planning a hiking trip is always an adventure, especially if you’re visiting some new terrain that you’re unfamiliar with. I find that checking out the new ground can be exciting as you’re finding some of the highlights that you’ll be seeing along the way. If you’re new to hiking you are probably wondering what sort of things you need to be concerned about as you prepare for the trip. Well, aren’t you glad I showed up with a tips for hiking article? Here’s some things you should know before setting out on your venture.
As far as your feet go, you’ll want to go for trail shoes or hiking boots, and clothes that will dry quickly. It’s also important to keep a windbreaker handy and moisture wicking wool or wool blend type of socks, which are known for staying drier than cotton. Be sure to dress in layers as well.
Using Hiking Sticks
Some hikers like these while others will have nothing to do with them. I like them because they enable you to become steadier over uneven and rocky terrain. As a result of that, you’re able to walk faster which helps you to get more aerobically from the hike. That means more calories will be burning too! They’re also helpful for relieving pressure on the knees and back.
Snacks Are Important
Think in terms of foods that are not only portable, but energy dense as well. Things like dried fruits, granola bars, and fresh fruit are great choices for a hike. Then don’t forget some chocolate to reward yourself at the end!
Be Sure To Rest
Don’t be afraid to stop and rest when you feel the need. According to an article in Body and Soul’s May 2010 issue regarding the rules of thumb for hiking, a 10 minute break every hour is a good guideline to start with. If you’re doing a lot of uphill hiking, you may need even more frequent breaks that are shorter in duration.
Focus On Your Environment
If you tune in to your surroundings and tune out your thoughts, you’ll do your brain a favor by giving it a much needed rest. Turn your attention to your breath, or your feet as they walk the earth, to stay aware of the environment.
I find that hiking can be the most relaxing thing for me, as I look at my surroundings and take it all in staying in the present moment. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the same experience with a few of these tips!
Live well, enjoy!
Body and Soul magazine May 2010 issue