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Go take a Hike
Published on September 02, 2015
Hiking is what you make it. You can make it a tough workout or a light stroll. Also, it is generally great exercise for people of all ages. If you aren’t a regular hiker, now may be the time to hit the paths because the fall weather is ideal for this kind of outdoor exercise. Plus, no matter where you live, you can probably find a good hike nearby. Below are some tips for getting started, as well as some resources for more information on locations and supplies.
- Know your fitness level – hiking ranges from an easy walk to a strenuous uphill expedition. Know your physical ability and don’t overdo it. Check with your doctor if you’re unsure about how much to push yourself.
- Plan ahead – always bring water and a snack. Even if you are going on a quick jaunt, be prepared. Other things to consider bringing are sunscreen, a hat, and, in case something happens, a first aid kit and cell phone to call for help.
- Wear comfortable shoes – no explanation needed.
- Go with a friend – in addition to great company, it is also safer to hike with a buddy.
- Check the weather – you don’t want to get caught in the rain. Always check the weather before you take off for a hike so that you can dress, and pack, accordingly.
- Look up local hikes:
- Hiking gear: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html
- Hiking with children: http://wilderness.org/blog/take-your-kids-hiking-10-tips-make-adventure-fun-whole-family
This article is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition and before undertaking any specific exercise or dietary regime.