9 tips to help you get started hiking
Love nature and walking? Why not combine the both and get a dose of exercise out on the trails? Here are nine tips to help get you on your way.
6. Energy food – Take a mix of compact, high energy foods. Nuts or trail mix, fruit and muesli bars are all good options.
7. Don’t look up – When it’s a long way to the end of your hike, try looking at the ground or the nature around you, instead of up the trail. Sometimes the hardest part is knowing how far you’ve got to go.
8. Make it a game – Set yourself challenges to take the focus off your tired muscles. One idea is to see how much unusual wildlife you can spot along the way or why not try geocaching, the world’s largest treasure hunt?
9. Leave no trace – There’s no point hiking to beautiful places only to destroy them, so follow the hikers golden rule – “Take only photos, leave only footprints.”
Above all, make sure you have fun. The best thing about exercising in nature is that you’re not as conscious of the fact that you’re even exercising.