3 Ways To Get Better At Hiking
Fun fact about me, I’m a little bit of a health nut. I love to spend time every morning walking, hiking or running. It feels so good to spend time working out every morning and it’s a great way to start my day.
While I know that working out isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s essential to our health that we take time to move our bodies every day. It’s recommended that we spend 30 minutes a day working out but only 1 in 5 adults get that recommended amount of exercise.
What people don’t realize is that not all working out is running or lifting weights. You can also dance, walk, swim, or even do yoga to get that exercise!
The benefits of working out are beyond worth the time put in. Some of the major health benefits of consistent exercise include weight control, lessened health risks, and greater control over mental and emotional health! And there’s even more.
In this post I’m going to give you 3 hiking tips that you can apply to more than just hiking. Finding ways to enjoy exercise and figuring out the best way to get in shape doesn’t have to be as painful as life makes it out to be.
Take A Buddy Hiking With You!
I don’t know about you, but every time I hear the words “workout buddy” I think of two buff men at the gym. I know it’s ridiculous, but I do.
However, they don’t have it wrong. Working out by yourself can be a pain if that’s all you do. Having a workout buddy can not only motivate you, but it can also inspire you as you keep each other accountable and share your goals.
I try as frequently as I can to take someone with me when I work out. Whether it’s my boyfriend, a roommate or a family member, I like company while I work out.
I do this most especially when I hike. Some of my hikes can take 2 or more hours to do, and after a while music gets boring. However, having a hiking buddy not only gives you the benefits mentioned before, it also gives you someone to talk to while you’re going.
Take Time To Plan Something Fun!
Something that a lot of people forget is that hiking doesn’t have to be the same old trail every week. The majority of states – at least in the US – have some kind of hiking website with a list of all known hiking areas in the state.
When I get bored of my normal trail, I open my state’s website and look for other trails near me. Even if I have to drive a little more than I usually do, I get the opportunity to see something new and explore a new trail.
Taking time to plan your hikes gives you the opportunity to determine where, when and how long you want to go. You can figure out the geographics and what you’re physically able to handle.
Taking time to plan also gives you the opportunity to determine what things you may need to bring. How many water bottles do you want? How many snacks to you need? Do you need to bring a first aid kit?
When you take the time to plan you’re able to figure out all the things you may not have realized you needed to determine. In my opinion, that’s a lot better than grabbing single water and deciding to go all day.
Just Do It!
At the end of the day, you just need to do it! There’s so many good things that can come out of it, and there’s really no reason not to if you’re physically able.
Allowing yourself to take time to go into nature and enjoy the views can do amazing things for you. Allowing yourself to let go of things that aren’t important is freeing in so many ways.
I could go on and on about the benefits that I’ve received from hiking and just from working out in general. However, that’s another thousand word post best saved for another time.
If you’ve been debating whether to start hiking – or even working out in general, I would recommend following these steps and just getting on with it! You’ll never know how much you love it until you start.
In conclusion: take a hike and tell me how much you loved it. 🙂
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