Heel Toe Express: Hiking
If you like walking, you’re going to like hiking too. Hiking means a long walk outdoors, particularly through a nature area or up a mountain. When you go for a walk you usually follow a paved road or path or maybe the treadmill. When you’re hiking, you’re taking steps on uneven ground and testing your balance a lot more. Hiking is an exciting exercise to add to your routine. It also gives you a chance to indulge in the beautiful sights, sounds and smells of nature.
A hike in the woods is similar to setting a treadmill to the random setting, where the incline and speed change in an inconsistent pattern. The unpredictable terrain and varied elevation help a walk feel less repetitive for the body and more exciting for the brain. Changing terrain and scenery helps alleviate the boredom in your exercising.
Instead of sandals or running shoes, you will want to wear a good pair of boots. While hiking you want your feet to be comfortable and you want the confidence that you can walk almost anywhere. The thick sole of the boot will protect your foot if you step on a jagged rock or tree root.
A backpack will help you carry extra supplies for your hike. You could bring a snack or water on your long trek or a small first aid kit in case of emergencies. A backpack is very handy if you plan on bringing a lot of items on your hike.