Happy Hikers

One of the reasons most venture into the wild is to explore. Going on a hike includes benefits such as exercise, pleasant views, and bonding with fellow hikers.

Supplies

Happy hikers should know a few things before putting on their shoes and heading towards a trail.

Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are necessary. There is nothing worse than returning back to your campsite with aching blisters. The length and difficulty of your hike will determine what shoe is best for you.article-new-thumbnail-ehow-images-a05-s0-3v-properly-fit-hiking-boots-800x800

Bring a backpack filled with a few essential items such as water, snacks, first aid kit, and a map. Depending on the weather, you may need sunscreen or an extra sweatshirt. For your comfort, avoid packing too heavy.

Exercise

Hiking is more than just fun; it has many health benefits too. Research shows a reduced risk of:

  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • anxiety
  • arthritis

lounging around the campsite all day is boring. Go for a walk and enjoy the area while doing something good for you!

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Safety

Be aware of your surroundings, this includes plants and wild animals. Plan the route that will be taken. Know how many miles and how long the trip will be.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.americanhiking.org/resources/hiking-boots/

http://www.hikingupward.com/hiking_tips.shtml

http://hikingdude.com/hiking-tips.php

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