Tips to get prepared for hiking

Tips to get prepared for hiking

Whether you’re planning a big trekking adventure or you’re just interested in a small hike, preparation for a fun experience is key. We recommend paying attention to the following three elements when preparing for a hike:

  • Legs & abs: your leg muscles will carry you through the long walks and your core will support your back. With this combination you will be ready to go for a long haul.
  • Lungs & heart: they both need to be in good shape in order to give your body enough oxygen to stay the course.
  • Clothing & gear: your feet need to be comfortable with your hiking boots and your hips and shoulders with your backpack.

If you’re preparing for an extreme hike we recommend that you consult with your doctor before getting involved in such exercises just to ensure that you’re ready for this type of physical activity.
 
If you’re new at hiking we recommend starting slow and gradually increasing the pace and mileage. You also need to be equipped with water and a first aid kit and we recommend that you add safety items like a whistle and pepper spray. Do not pack too much into your bag pack though, as you want to keep it light so that it doesn’t impact your back and shoulders, especially on those first hikes.
 
Consistent training is important to prepare for hikes. We recommend doing a small hike each day, preferably outside if the weather permits, or inside on the treadmill. Consistent training will help you be physically ready for the hike and will condition you to get better.
 
Mobile Apps:
There are many Apps that you can download for free to your phone to help with preparing your body to take on longer or more advanced hiking trails. We also recommend that you use Fitbit or other similar products that can do the same thing and capture health data.
 
Art Saborio, co-founder of Kakuetta Trail™ says “One App I recommend is “Pedometer”. It is the one I personally use to track my distances, steps, calories and time traveled. It also collects data and displays it over a week and months’ time. This App helps me challenge myself and keeps me aware of the calories I burn versus my fuel intake”.
 
For the novice, we recommend that you start out with just five thousands steps and gradually ramp up to ten thousand steps. Once your body is able to handle ten thousand steps, it is time to move yourself up a level to more advanced trails and experiences. Key to increasing your endurance and abilities is to use your mobile app, Fitbit or other device that can tell you where you are at with your current endurance.

Never push yourself beyond what your body can take. Be aware of your body’s signals and slow your pace, rest or return to a safe place if you start to not feel well. It is also recommended to always hike with a buddy.
 
Clothing:
Proper clothing for hiking is equally important. It starts with good shoes and we encourage you to go to specialized outdoor stores to find the best fit. We also recommend that you have a great pair of socks that will keep you cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. Socks and shoes are extremely important for a pleasant experience.
 
Shoes - Depending on your level of experience you will want to be fitted with the right hiking shoe. A general hiking shoe would not be appropriate for someone that plans to take an extreme hiking adventure. Just as it would not be appropriate to purchase a hiking shoe made for extreme use, just to walk a local park trail. Shoes are made for specific needs.
 
Clothing - Good hiking clothing will pull away moisture from the body, but retain and regulate body heat. In the summer it is still important to wear long sleeve clothing to keep bugs and poisonous plants away from your skin.
 
Socks can be a life saver if the right sock is purchased. Just buying a regular sport sock will only cause trouble when it starts to rub or retain moisture.
 
Hiking socks – A sock made specifically with special material to support long walks and extreme conditions can save your feet from injury and keep you moving forward over a longer period of time. Never try to save money on your feet. Spend the most you can afford on the best gear and your hiking experience will be what you expect it to be. 
 
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