Hiking for Newbs

Schrecksee, Bergsee, Allgäu

For those who have a lot of friends who love to travel or go camping, you’ve probably been encouraged to go trekking once or twice. It’s a fun activity for everyone whether you are the outdoor type or not. Hiking enables you to see amazing sights first hand and experience nature like no other. Most of all, it helps you disconnect from gadgets such as your phone or notebook and bond with friends in an awesome way.

Choose a Simple trail

Like any other sport or outdoor activity, hiking can be performed in various difficulties. It all depends on the trail you select that should be suitable for your level. As a beginner, choose one that’s appropriate for your level of fitness. As you begin to get the hang of it, you can opt for more difficult trails in the future. You should also do your part to condition yourself and get ready for the trip mentally and physically. Practice at a nearby trail, going as far as you can each time and resting when you get tired. If you don’t have a trail to practice on, the gym would do – try exercises like the elliptical and stair climber.

Get the basic equipment

Since hiking is an outdoor activity, you should be prepared for the outdoors in terms of clothing and gear. The most significant one is the footwear that you’re going to use. An excellent, quality pair of rubber shoes would do (based on the road ), but it is strongly recommended that you invest in a good pair of hiking shoes/boots that provides ankle support and preferably one that is waterproof. It is crucial that you break in these shoes before your hike to avoid blisters. But just in case, bring a few blister band aids.

You are going to need plenty of energy on your trip. Be sure to eat a good, solid meal before going and that you pack snacks with you (preferably light ones which contain plenty of natural sugars and wholesome fats). Dried fruit and nuts are highly advised.

Bear in mind that hiking is both a mental and physical activity so you should condition these two aspects of yourself before your trip. When it appears hard, just remember that what you’ll see at the end of your hike will all be worthwhile.

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