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 year. Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.
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.
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
Popular Hiking Boots For Men
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!
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
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.
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
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.
5. Use Hike Time To Clear Your Head
Hiking, 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
6. Stay Hydrated With Water
Hydration 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!
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.
10. Start On A Hike With First Day Hikes
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!
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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