10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s Resolution

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Hike And Love It! 10 Easy Hiking Tips

So many people over-eat and under-exercise during the holiday season … it’s no surprise losing weight/improving health is one of the most popular resolutions to ring in the New Year. Here are easy hiking tips to Pull Out All The Stops and keep you on track throughout the yearPsst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

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1. Find A Hiker Buddy

There is an accountability factor when you hike with a friend. If you hike alone, it is much easier to say “I don’t feel like going today” … It’s not easy to let down a friend who is counting on you to keep your hiking date.

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2. Wear Good Hiking Boots

Workouts often result in hurting muscles but you don’t want to experience unnecessary pain with inadequate footwear. Blisters are beyond uncomfortable and completely avoidable with the right pair of hiking boots. Some features to consider about your boots: Are they waterproof? Do they have cushioned heels to absorb shock and add stability? Do they have slip-resistant soles with firm-ground grips? Etc.

Popular Hiking Boots For Women

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Popular Hiking Boots For Men

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3. Change Your Hike’s Scenery With A GPS

Hiking different trails helps to keep your New Year’s hiking plan interesting. Use a GPS … I am not exaggerating when I say this hiking tip can be LIFE SAVING!

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We often hike and camp in National Forests within Arizona; some of those hiking trails can be overgrown and seldom traveled. One time we almost got lost, as the sun began setting, my heart started racing as I realized one tree began looking exactly the same as the last 200 or so we just passed. We had a compass but no GPS on that hike. That experience sent me off to research handheld hiking GPS units. Now we don’t hike without our GPS and always have the tracking function operating even if we don’t have the entire map operating. There is something comforting about that little triangle on the screen directing us to our campsite home!
Garmin Oregon 650 3-Inch Worldwide Handheld GPS with 8MP Digital Camera - 10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s ResolutionGarmin Oregon 650 3-Inch Worldwide Handheld GPS with 8MP Digital Camera

Electronic gadgets like the Garmin Handheld GPS has an 8MP Digital Camera and wirelessly shares routes, tracks, waypoints, geocaches, custom maps and photos between units. It also has dual orientation for auto switching between landscape or portrait views.

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4. Measure Your Hiking Progress

Determine how you are going to measure success and then track it; you will be encouraged to stick with your hiking goals when you see progress.
Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband - 10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s ResolutionFitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband

A super popular gadget is the Fitbit Wireless Activity Wristband which tracks workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps. It also syncs stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones.

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5. Use Hike Time To Clear Your Head
Hiking, A Hiker's Journal - Kraft Hard Cover, prompts on every page, recycled paper - 10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s ResolutionHiking, A Hiker’s Journal – Kraft Hard Cover, prompts on every page, recycled paper

Getting out in nature and clearing your head is a benefit while hiking. Capturing your ah-ha moments in A Hiker’s Journal can truly be a life-changing exercise. This is one of my favorite hiking tips because I personally have to be very intentional to slow down my mind when I am physically removed from the hectic pace of daily life. Oh, the struggles with being a Type-A personality. 😉 LOL

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6. Stay Hydrated With Water
Hydration Pack with Water Bladder - 10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s ResolutionHydration Pack with Water Bladder

Most hiking trails don’t have water along the route so make sure you bring more than enough so you don’t dehydrate. Using a Hydration Pack is an easy way to carry your water supply. Stay hydrated! 

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7. Reward Your Hiking Accomplishments

Celebrate your successes but don’t un-do all of your efforts. You might indulge yourself with an exclusive spa treatment, a healthy dinner at a fancy restaurant … whatever it is, make it special to you.

8. Schedule Your Hikes

If you have an appointment on your calendar, you are more likely to keep your commitment. Plan for your hike by scheduling it from start to finish; include your travel time if your hike location requires it.

9. Join A Hiking Club

Hiking clubs allow you to meet new friends and add an extra dimension to your hike trips. Meetup is a great way to find people in your area as well as events centered around hiking like First Day Hikes.

Hikers at CVL Hike Club and Camping For Foodies National Trails Day Event at Horton Creek Trail Arizona - 10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s Resolution
Hikers at CVL Hike Club and Camping For Foodies National Trails Day Event at Horton Creek Trail Arizona. Photo credit: David Huff Photography http://corporatephotographer.us/

10. Start On A Hike With First Day Hikes

From The American Hiking Society website

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year nearly 28,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 66,000 miles throughout the country!

Find a First Day Hike near you with this interactive map on the National Association of State Park Directors website!

If you happen to be hiking in one of the desert areas in Arizona, you may want to check out this post on Day Hike Tips For Hiking In The Arizona Desert.

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Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

6 thoughts on “10 Hiking Tips: Keeping A Healthy New Year’s Resolution

  • 30 December, 2015 at 8:59 pm
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    New hiking boots were on my Christmas list and Santa didn’t follow the list. Enjoyed reading these tips. Maybe new boots would be a great reward!

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    • 31 December, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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      Hi Missy, that would be a great reward! Hopefully Santa will follow the list next year! Happy hiking!

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  • 31 December, 2015 at 5:26 am
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    I so need to be better about being active! I love hiking so this is a great idea for me. Thanks for sharing all the tips!

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    • 31 December, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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      Thanks for checking out my tips Alicia Snow! Keep me posted on your progress throughout the year!

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  • 31 December, 2015 at 8:50 am
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    I definitely need a new pair of hiking boots. The pair I have is totally worn out! Thanks for the tips!

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    • 31 December, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by GirlonFire! Let me know when you get your new hiking boots and how you like them…happy hiking!

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