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What is Hiking?

Hiking is merely walking on a foot path, whether on a neighborhood trail that runs along the river or a more adventurous trail to a mountain ridge.

Hiking can be a great way to escape the monotony of the gym and get a heart-pumping workout.

Benefits of Hiking

There are many benefits of hiking. The most common benefits are:

  • Weight loss.
  • Decrease in blood pressure.
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis by improving bone density.
  • Relieves back pain.
  • It doesn't cost much.

Hiking Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes and socks to prevent your feet from blistering.
  • Be careful when hiking up and down hills.
    • Hiking up and down hills and mountains requires care, especially on slopes covered with loose gravel or loose dirt.
  • Keep your knees bent and use side-stepping maneuvers when hiking on steep parts.
  • Use a hiking stick or hiking poles.
    • A hiking stick or even a pair of hiking poles will give you an extra stability.
  • Take your time.
    • When you ascend to higher elevations the air is thinner and has less oxygen.
  • Be careful when crossing streams.
    • Rocks and debris in the streams can be very slippery and hazardous.
  • Bring your own water.
    • Water running over rocks is not safe in most areas. The water may be contaminated with parasites or bacteria.
    • If you plan to drink water from a stream, use a water filter or water purification tablets.
  • Dress in layers.
    • The weather can change dramatically. Dressing in layers will help ensure you maintain the proper body temperture.
  • Do not leave your trash behind.
  • Join a hiking group

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