Thursday, November 24, 2022

7 Tips For Smart Hiking

Hiking is a great way to get exercise outdoors; socialize with friends, family, or coworkers; and celebrate Canada's parks. 🍁
Here are some quick tips to add to your checklist for a hike that is safe, smart, and fun!
1️⃣ Know the trail, and stick to it: Get to know your trail before you set out. Review the map. Get to know the entrances and exits to the trail. Let someone know where you’ll be hiking and when you plan to be back. Don’t venture off the plotted route. 🗺
2️⃣ Choose an appropriate hike: Know your fitness level, and choose a hike that’s suited to your abilities, and the abilities of those in your group.
3️⃣ Dress appropriately: This includes checking the weather and dressing appropriately or bringing along any necessary gear to accommodate an expected shift in sun, rain, or other weather patterns.. 🧥
4️⃣ Pack wisely: Pack light and strategically. Try to pack the heavier items (food and water) close to the centre of the pack and higher up to help maintain your centre of gravity. Other essential packing items include a flashlight, extra batteries, a map, compass, whistle, and a first aid kit. 🧭
5️⃣ Wear it right: This is important for your back. If you have a pack with hip and chest straps, put on the backpack, loosen all the straps, and tighten the hip belt at the hips (not above) before tightening the shoulder straps. Tighten the strap across your chest for shoulder support last. 🎒
6️⃣ Walk and talk: When you hike, make sure you have enough energy to chat with your hiking partner. If you’re out of breath or breathing deeply, you might be pushing too hard. You know you have a good pace going if you can carry on a conversation with the person you’re hiking with. 🥾
7️⃣ Take breaks: Don’t let your initial excitement get the better of you. Take a break for ten minutes every hour. Take that time to have a snack and drink some water. Make sure to keep your body fueled before, during, and after your hike. 💦
If you have any concerns about carrying your pack, or about what physical activities are right for you, visit your family chiropractor.

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