Strap on Your Hiking Boots, It’s National Trails Day on June 6th!

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Get to Know the 7 Basics of Hiking and its Benefits

Every first Saturday of June is a special time to enjoy the great outdoors and unleash the adventurers in us. It’s National Trails Day! This year, it falls on June 6th.

Whether you’ve been a hiking enthusiast for quite some time now or you’re just curious to know what the fuss is all about, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the trails and embrace the beauty of nature at the same time.

 

Benefits of Hiking

There are many reasons to love hiking — fresh air, grandiose views, the relaxing sounds of chirping birds, and the opportunity to bond with nature.

Hiking also provides plenty of benefits to your body and mind. The list below will tell you what they are.

  • It improves your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • It gives you better balance and coordination.
  • It helps you lose weight and tone your body.
  • It strengthens your muscles, particularly your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, and your lower legs.
  • It builds a stronger core.
  • It elevates your mood.
  • It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, and depression.
  • It helps you forget about your problems.
  • It provides a sense of calmness and relief.

 

7 Tips for Hiking Beginners

If you’re someone who has never hiked before, or it’s been almost a decade since your last hike, National Trails Day should be the perfect opportunity for you to learn the basics of hiking and how to prepare for it. To help you get started, here are useful tips to keep in mind:

1. Start slow.

Short hikes work best with newbies, which is why you should choose a trail that’s made for beginners. Walk your way up to the trails gradually and follow your own pace. You don’t have to rush.

2. Get familiar with the trail.

Get a map of the entire area days before the hiking date. Check if the trail is a loop or if you’ll need to spot another car. Look for any presence of intersecting trails that might cause you to get lost in the woods.

3. Wear the right clothes.

Wearing jeans and cotton clothes is a common mistake among first-timers. Such clothes would leave them feeling sweaty and heavy. To make the hike as comfortable as possible, wear wicking clothes (those made from synthetic material that doesn’t absorb wetness) and long pants or tights. Long sleeve shirts are also ideal because they keep you protected from the elements.

4. Wear the right footwear.

Hiking requires a pair of strong shoes, which could be pricey. Unless you don’t mind getting your feet damaged or swollen, you’ll need to invest in quality hiking shoes. However, if this hike is only a one-time thing, a good pair of sneakers or trail runners will do.

5. Check the weather.

It’s really important to check the forecast a day or two before your hike takes place. This helps you know what to pack, what to wear, and whether you should change plans and set a new schedule.

6. Pack the essentials.

Experienced hikers never come unprepared, whether it’s a day hike or a 3-day trek. They follow the 10-system rule, and we suggest you also apply it on your first hike. Here are the 10 essentials to bring:

  • First aid kit
  • Navigation
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency shelter
  • Insulation
  • Sun protection
  • Repair tools
  • Illumination
  • Fire

7. Pack light.

Packing light not only means bringing your essentials but also opting for the lightest items and equipment. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor.

 

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