Updated: May 19, 2019
Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout. Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable, variables. Of course, these variables are part of what makes it so enjoyable! Use the following hiking tips to make your first hike successful:
Painful feet can ruin a hike. Invest in quality hiking shoes and socks. There's hundreds of hiking shoes to choose from, so do your research. The common thread between each shoe is a sturdy sole. For my first hike, I inspected each sneaker I owned for the thickest sole and wore those. Also, BLISTERS ARE REAL. Do not forget to wear socks, cotton socks are okay for your first hike but since they hold moisture wool or synthetic socks are preferable.
Food and Hydration
As a beginner hiker, it can be tough to know how much food you'll need, A good general recommendation for how much to eat is 200–300 calories per hour. As you gain more experience, you’ll get a better sense for just how much you need.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water…and you actually remember to drink it. For water intake, about a half liter per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures is a good starting place. These amounts depend heavily on several factors, such as the intensity of your hike, the weather, your age, your sweat rate and your body type.
Personal Health and Safety
Always pack with you and wear sunglasses, sun-protection clothing and sunscreen. Not doing so can result in temporarily snow blindness (if hiking in the winter months) and sunburn. It is always better to air on the side of caution and make it a habit to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Lastly, you don’t need to be a medical pro to take a hike, but it’s wise to know some basic first aid. Always carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it. The farther afield you go, the more important it can be to have medical training.
Take Your Time
When you first get on the trail, you may feel like powering forward. However, it may cost you by the end of the day if you don’t pace yourself. Instead, pick a pace you can maintain all day. It might feel a little awkward at first, but after a few miles, especially uphill, you’ll be glad you saved your energy.
Keep Trails Beautiful
The beautiful trails we love will only stay beautiful if we care for them. Take time to read the Leave No Trace Principles and follow them. It’s up to every outdoor enthusiast to take care of our natural spaces.
Hope these tips help you along your hike. Happy trekking!!!!