Good morning! Hope you are having a great week! As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am having a crazy busy week. So, I am excited to share a guest post with you today! Enjoy!
As we head towards spring, it’s time to get used to the fresh outdoors and progress from road walking to steeper trails. Hiking is a great way to improve your fitness further and strengthen your muscles.
Because it is low pressure and easy on your joints, hill-walking improves your overall cardio-respiratory fitness meaning your heart and lungs are kept healthy. Plus, you will strengthen your quadriceps and thigh muscles and feel more confident when you wear that pencil skirt you haven’t had on for years!
Aside from looking better and feeling good, hiking reduces the risks of many health conditions including coronary heart disease, triglycerides, strokes, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Read more about the health benefits of hiking from the American Hiking Society.
Make sure you wear the right footwear for your walk; ladies walking boots are essential to a comfortable hike and can prevent your heels from rubbing and balls of your feet from getting sore.
If you are keen to keep running, but just uphill, Salomon have made these hiking running boots which are flexible enough for jogging yet protect your ankles on rockier terrains.
When picking any hiking boots choose ones that are waterproof as the weather up there can be very different from where you’re starting. It is also worth taking a high-viz jacket and warm clothing so you are easily spotted in the hillside mist!
Join the Pack
Part of the enjoyment of hiking is doing it with a big group of like-minded walkers & enthusiasts who can share useful hints, tips and the best routes local with you.
There are Hiking Clubs all over the US, all of which have regular meetings and take members on fantastic vacation trips!
What to Pack
As you will probably be out for a few hours, it is best practice to take a small backpack full of energetic goodies that will keep your muscles working throughout your walk. Your body will use up to 300 calories her hour on a good hike so these need to be replenished if you are out for a long time.
It is easy to get dehydrated so a bottle of water is first on the list. Secondly, foods which are lightweight yet jam-packed full of nourishment and energy; nuts, dried fruits, whole grains & sandwiches are often a popular choice.
A first aid kit is also pretty important, as well as sun cream, a compass, fully charged mobile phone, small torch and insect repellent.
Author: Ewan Young graduated from Leeds University in 2010 with an English Education degree and is an avid hill walker in his spare time. Ewan works as professional content writer in Newcastle and has an interest in all things social media.
Do you enjoy hiking? Where are your favorite places to hike?
Enjoy your day!