For all those who are new to hiking
Fact: Hiking is actually just walking, only on dirt or rocks or other uneven surfaces. Or walking where animals larger than you can kill and eat you.. 😉
How to Get Started
Going for a hike can be as simple as heading out to a local forest or park and following marked trails or as challenging as a rigorous trek through unchartered territory. It is best to plan where you want to hike and for how long. Then, assess these three factors:
- Am I physically fit enough to undertake this hike?
- Am I knowledgeable and experienced for this walk?
- Am I mentally prepared for this?
Benefits of a Good Hiking Rhythm
Having a steady Hiking Rhythm will enable you to stick to a fixed schedule of breaks instead of having to break every time you run out of breath and start panting. Furthermore, knowing your own Hiking Rhythm and speed will help you plan your hikes.
Having a steady Hiking Rhythm will lessen the strain you put on your feet, legs, lungs, and overall body. Changing gear the whole time is much more tiring than staying at a constant intensity level. Moreover, having a steady Hiking Rhythm will leave you less tired at the end of the day compared to having variations in your walking intensity.
Having a steady Hiking Rhythm is generally more enjoyable as you never over exert yourself and generally keep the physical strain at enjoyable levels.
Uneven surfaces like uphill and downhill slopes can make it difficult to maintain your rhythm. You could attempt to keep the same rhythm and adjust your stride. Often this will prove very difficult and you will have to change the tempo of your rhythm. This is not bad as long as you are able to keep at the new rhythm and adapt to it quickly while remaining at the same physical intensity level.
Dress appropriately for the hike
Hiking involves walking. A lot of walking. Make sure that you are wearing hiking boots that are very comfortable for walking and sturdy to walk in different objects like grass, rocks, roots, and dirt. Don’t wear any shoes that you can’t get dirty because you are likely to get all kinds of stuff on your shoes and clothes. Wear clothing meant for hiking that will protect you from stray branches and thorns without suffocating you in case of hot weather. If the hiking trail will be exposed to sun, bring sunglasses and/or a visor to maintain solid vision.
The most important first thing to have for a successful venture into hiking is a suitable pair of hiking shoes or boots. Visit Sports365 for more information about proper shoes and what to look for as you shop for them.
When you set out, establishing a hiking rhythm and speed and taking breaks are extremely important for your health and to avoid any safety issues. Carrying appropriate hiking accessories will help !
Blisters – Prevention & Treatment
Blisters are the number one ailment in several Outdoor Activities. But they can be avoided in a number of ways such as enough preparation. This section focuses on what you need to know about Blisters – causes, prevention, as well as treatment.
Acute Mountain Sickness – Prevention, Detection & Treatment
Being in high altitudes can bring about several health concerns for people who are into outdoor activities such as Hiking and Mountaineering. One of these is Acute Mountain Sickness. Know the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of AMS.
First Aid for Outdoor Activities
First Aid Basics and knowing how to deal with possible injuries are essential for your own safety and the safety of your group. Learn the Basics of Outdoor First Aid and how to prevent, detect, and treat
What Hikers Should Know About Lactic Acid Build Up
Although lactic acid is often associated with running, little do we know that it can also be a problem for hikers and backpackers.
Where to Hike
Here are some of the many places to hike in India: Kurisumala Peak Hiking, Wayanad, Savandurga Day Trek, Bangalore, MariBetta, Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Vajra Waterfall, Belgaum, Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Phanaswadi and Shimbola Waterfall, Belgaum
Know the terrain of your trail.
There are many different types of hiking trails that have various difficulty levels and lengths. Learn about your trail before you go hiking so that you can gain a perspective on what the path will look like in terms of hills, shade, rocks, and other factors. If you are not accustomed to hiking regularly you might want to start on a hiking path that has fewer hills and is a little more relaxed so that you can enjoy your walk while getting an appropriate workout relative to your progress.
Bring light gear and supplies.
It is important to bring a few essential items on the hike, depending on the amount of time that you plan on being out. You want to make sure that you pack light since you will have to carry the gear and supplies the whole way. Bring water for hydration, and a few snacks to keep your energy levels up and your stomach full. If you have space, bring a simple first aid kit with band-aids, gauze, Neosporin, and anything else you can reasonably fit. Most outdoor organizations recommend bringing the Ten Essentials when heading into the outdoors.
Exposure to bugs and the sun.
Since many hiking trails can be several miles long, you will have prolonged exposure to the sun and to bugs in the forest or mountains where you are hiking. Bring sunscreen to avoid sunburn and help prevent skin cancer. There will be many different types of bugs like mosquitoes, bees, flies, and all other kinds of insects. If you will have legs or arms exposed, spray down with bug spray to prevent bites.
Some other facts about hiking:
Unlike other XTREME sports like rock climbing and heli-skiing, you don’t need hundreds or thousands of rupees’ worth of gadgets and shiny things to hike. If you have shoes, a Snickers bar, and a bottle of water, you can go hiking. Also, if you only have shoes and no Snickers bar or bottle of water, you can still go hiking.
If you do want to spend a bunch of money on hiking gadgets, you can totally do that too.
Bears basically spend their entire lives hiking, and bears are rad.
Most popular hikes are on trails. You do not necessarily need a trail to go hiking. If you don’t have a trail, you are “bushwhacking,” which is a lot like hiking, but slower and less fun.
Hikes range in distance from under 100 feet to thousands of miles. If you have never been hiking before, you should start at the lower end of the scale.
If you are interested in fun, or nature, or exercise, or breathtaking views, or all four, there’s a good chance you might like hiking. Give it a try today!
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