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

So many people over-eat and under-exercise during the holiday season … it is no surprise losing weight/improving health is one of the top resolutions to ring in the New Year.

And, because hiking is such a popular activity on camping trips … we think it is the best way to actually enjoy your exercise routine!

Here are easy hiking tips to keep you on track and hiking throughout the year.

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Tip 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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Tip 2. 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.


Tip 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!

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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Tip 4. 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.


Tip 5. 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.

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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Tip 6. Use Hike Time To Clear Your Head

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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Tip 7. Stay Hydrated With Water

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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Tip 8. 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.

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Tip 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.

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Tip 10. Camp And Hike More Often

It is easy to say you don’t have enough time to camp and hike but if you are organized, you can do a lot more camping and hiking this year.

Use our FREE printable camping trip planner template to plan stress-free camping trips.

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From America’s State Parks Website

What better way to kick off the New Year than by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors?

First-Day-Hikes. 

On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks have all 50 states offering free, guided First Day Hike Programs.

These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.

Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes.

Numerous others hiked state park trails throughout the day.

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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8 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. Hi Missy, that would be a great reward! Hopefully Santa will follow the list next year! Happy hiking!

  2. Alicia Snow says:

    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!

    1. Thanks for checking out my tips Alicia Snow! Keep me posted on your progress throughout the year!

  3. GirlonFire says:

    I definitely need a new pair of hiking boots. The pair I have is totally worn out! Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thanks for stopping by GirlonFire! Let me know when you get your new hiking boots and how you like them…happy hiking!

  4. Anne Quigley says:

    Thanks Kim! After spending a couple of months in the Portland, Oregon area I have developed a passion for waterfall hikes. The Columbia Gorge is filled with beautiful waterfall trails perfect for a short or long adventure. Nature is beautiful and calming. I take an extra pair of socks in my pack. They can really come in handy 🙂

    1. Hi Anne! I’m so glad you enjoyed Portland! We are going to have to experience The Columbia Gorge and I love your tip on the extra pair of socks! We love hiking waterfall trails too … We went to Yosemite National Park over the summer and were amazed at the waterfalls throughout the park. If you have not been there, you really need to go. We did a quick video in our Yosemite National Park Must See Attractions VIDEO And Tips blog post to inspire others to visit and to remind ourselves that we have to go back again. Happy camping!

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