Reasons Why You Will Love Hiking

People start hiking at different stages in life. Some start when they are little boys or girls and most of the time it starts when they decide to accompany their parents or close friends and relatives who have been in the hiking business. There are those who give hiking a try when they are a little older and there are also those who opt for this outdoor activity in their retirement ages.

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Most people who have never tried to hike, all have the same excuses like it’s not fun, it’s boring and it’s very hard, until they give it a try. Hiking is an interesting outdoor activity that has no set of rules. It is very flexible. It is an activity that you are definitely going to love and here are the reasons why:

  • Health benefits – your health should always be a priority. You don’t want to live your life with health complications that could have been avoided. Obese people have a lot of health complications, including increased risk of heart diseases and blood pressure. Since hiking is a form of exercise it can be very helpful when it comes to losing weight. Hiking is also a great way to relieve stress, so if you have been under a lot of stress lately then it is a good solution.
  • A chance to socialize – there is quite a big number of people who prefer hiking alone. For these people, the simple sport enables them to reflect on their lives.  This does not mean that a hike is no game for extroverts. It can be a great opportunity to meet new friends and have fun while walking. If you don’t have friends who enjoy hiking then you can look around for hiking clubs. You will get a very long list of people who have the same interest.
  • Get a new perspective – if you are used to driving for miles, you are probably used to seeing a lot of things like trees, nice environments, the wild animals but the experience cannot be compared to that of walking. When you are walking, you are likely to see things clear and definitely see them in a new way. Hiking calms your mind and you will be able to see the beauty in nature. You will even be able to notice the color of leaves. You should try hiking it’s a whole new experience and a great adventure.
  • Hiking is affordable – hiking can be very affordable. In fact, it can be as cheap as you want it to be. Contrary to the belief that you will have to spend so much in buying yourself a hiking gear, most of what you need is probably within your home. If you can afford a high end gear, it is well and good, but if you can’t, there is still a lot of hope. You can opt for a short hike and still have a lot of fun. The truth is, hiking can be less expensive than a gym membership card.
  • Hiking is not as difficult – Get rid of the common notion that hiking is hard. It does not have to. Hiking can be very simple. If you are a first timer you need to start with short hiking experiences and as you get used to it, you can increase the distance that you cover.  The best way of killing your interests in hiking is by starting off with a 5o km hike while you are not even used walking  to your work place, which is probably less than 2 km. Take your time; there is no competition in hiking. One step at a time and before you know it, you are walking  with the gurus.

Hiking is simple, affordable and healthy. It is a great form of exercise that anyone can undertake. With the increasingly stressing jobs, it is definitely an opportunity to relieve stress and free the mind. Hiking does not have to be an everyday thing; you may opt to go for a hike on the weekends or even once in a month. You may even decide to make it a social event by inviting your friends. Whatever your choice is, you will definitely love the experience.

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Getting ready to Hike?

Are you excited to tomorrow’s big day hike? Well who’s not? Hiking with friends and getting excited meeting new friends, new adventures, great scenes, new hiking experience and the pleasure of serenity, these are some of the things that make us excited as we get ready to hike. But before we get too excited, are you ready with all things you need? For first time hikers, bringing too much baggage is somehow expected, thus making it harder for them as they need to carry on their baggage from start until end of their journey.

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Good to have everything ready and complete but for hikers it is best to bring just enough and handy, below are some of the things that you will need

  • Backpacking tent
  • Backpacking stove
  • Instant or ready to eat food
  • Water
  • Few clothes
  • Lotion, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste (for grooming/hygienic pouch is more likely recommended but not necessary)

Things to consider as you prepare

All should be handy, lightweight and some disposable so you could leave the behind after using (ensure that you leave them neatly and should not cause any damage to nature (burying trash is an example)). Definitely Tents, stoves are not for short term use.

Backpacking Tents varies

  • sizes
  • durability
  • weight

Choosing tents would vary depending on the number of people you are with, the weather or climate and what are they made of (to measure weight of your tent)

Backpacking Stove is a must nowadays, it considered to be more convenient than looking for chopped woods and the like. Check on rest reviews to get the best available stoves in the market today. The review will give you selections and reviews from first hand users, thus giving you the best option and pick for you.

Important things to Remember

  • Ask professionals
  • Read
  • Body Readiness

Asking is very important for beginners as well as experts, why? Getting first hand experience to those who were on the same track or mountain and the like is essential for you to be ready and prepared on what are the things you expect hiking your chosen spot. It may somehow differ as weather changes thus the track but it is better than completely clueless (some may not buy the suggestion as they love adventures and surprise but nothing is wrong staying safe)

Getting information from internet is rampant so better take advantage of its availability, there are informative blogs, and suggestions readily available for you as you get ready hiking. It is highly suggested as you choose things that you could use and keep for a longer time as they are mostly pricey.  Tents and stoves are few to site as samples. You could check on best reviews for best available stoves in the market today and few other sites you could rely on for tents and the like.

Make sure that you were able to get enough sleep and exercise, hiking is not for those who are not ready for body pains and getting tired, hiking is for a person who loves adventure, no pain no gain as it seems but definitely you’re hiking journey is all worth the pain.

Are you ready for the challenge? Then, What are you waiting for?

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