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Summer is right around the corner. Ok, fine it is November but it’ll be here before you know it! Plus, if you are like me, when the holiday comes around it’s a free-for-all shmorgasborg of treats to eat. Ladies(and Gents), we better start getting our bodies in shape for all the fun summer activities!
If you’re like a lot of people, hiking is one of your favorite things to do especially in the summer. But the hike can quickly become a challenge if you need to be in better shape. This blog post will discuss how to get your body in shape for a hiking expedition and also cover everything from diet to exercise to preparation. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, read on for tips and advice that will help make your next hiking trip a success! And be sure, as always, to speak with your doctor when you are trying a new type of exercise.
1) Get in shape before your hike:
Getting your body in shape is important before you go on a long hike. Try to do some cardio exercises like running or biking and strength-training exercises like squats and lunges. This will help to make sure that you’re physically prepared for the demands of hiking. It’s also very important to ensure that your feet are in good condition; things such as calluses, corns, and blisters can make hiking uncomfortable. So be sure to take care of your feet before your hike! I have some really good hiking boots that also doubled as a brace to keep my poor pinky toe in place after it was broken on a 90degree angle. Whewww that was painful! But luckily, I was still about to get to go hiking because I had good equipment (aka good shoes).
2) Bring the right supplies:
In addition to making sure you’re physically prepared for your hike, it’s also important to ensure you have all the supplies you’ll need. This includes plenty of water, food, map, phone, and a first-aid kit. If you’re hiking in an area with bears or other wildlife, you may also need bear spray or other self-defense items. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to pack everything you might need before heading out on your hike.
3) Watch what you eat:
What you eat plays a big role in how successful your hike will be. So make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And drink plenty of water! Avoid sugary drinks and snacks, as they will only give you a quick burst of energy followed by an inevitable crash. It’s important to make sure you’re not overeating before your hike. Eating too much can make you feel sluggish and will make it harder to complete the hike.
4) Pack wisely:
Proper clothing is essential for a hiking trip; some things to keep in mind are:
- Shoes: Make sure to break in your shoes before you go on the hike. Nothing is worse than blisters!
- Socks: Bring extra socks in case your feet get wet.
- Layers: The weather can change quickly, so it’s important to be prepared with layers that you can take on and off as needed.
5) Be prepared mentally and emotionally:
Hiking can be challenging, both mentally and emotionally. It’s important to be aware of this before you go on your trip. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a break and remember why you’re doing this. It’s also a good idea to have a support system in place, whether that’s friends or family who will be waiting for you at the end of the hike or a hiking group that you can connect with online.
6) Listen to your body:
This is the most important tip of all. Hiking can be tough on your body, so it’s important to listen to what it’s telling you. If you’re feeling tired, take a break. And if you start to feel any pain, stop hiking and seek medical attention.
These are just some of the tips can help you get your body in shape for a hiking expedition. So be sure to follow them so that you can have a safe and enjoyable trip!
Be sure to check with your doctor when trying any new exercises.