Hiking is an amazing hobby and pastime that is great for your mental and physical health. If you’re looking to improve both, hiking just might be the right hobby for you to try.
The good news is that it’s really easy to start. Hiking for beginners just requires a few things that you probably already have at home. All that’s left is to get out there and start.
With the beginability of hiking being so easy, let’s find out more about it and how you can start today.
Why Hiking Is Good For You
Hiking gets you up and out of the house doing physical activity. This does wonders for your body by getting your blood flowing and your heart pumping.
Taking in the sights and sounds of nature can help you feel great both mentally and physically as well. You might even notice that the added stimulation has you sleeping even better at night!
How to Start Hiking for Beginners
Hiking is very easy to start, especially for beginners. It’s also quite cheap to start doing.
With the value it can bring you and the fun you can have, there’s no better time to start hiking than now. Let’s look at the steps needed to start.
Hiking requires some outdoor gear, but for simple and basic hikes you don’t need anything very fancy.
A good pair of hiking boots and a jacket are a good place to start.
When you start on more advanced hikes, you may find that you need some other supplies as well. A water bottle is good to have on hand to hydrate you since you’ll be doing some physical activity. In addition to this, you may want to bring along a backpack with some food if you’re planning to spend the entire day hiking.
Sometimes, advanced hikers like to spend a weekend hiking in certain areas. For these trips, you’ll need to think about tents and sleeping bags.
Find a Spot
For a beginner, you’ll want to find a spot that is easy to access, close to home, and isn’t too challenging. It’s important to slowly work your way up to more difficult terrain. Otherwise, you may not find as much enjoyment and stop before you even begin
To start out, find someplace close to your home that has a few small hills and otherwise even terrain. Keep your hikes pretty short and cap them somewhere around a few miles long. Hiking in areas like this will help you feel accomplished and prepare you for the bigger hikes later.
As you get comfortable with these hikes, slowly work your way up to tougher terrain where the hike is longer. It’s important that you don’t rush this.
There are some other considerations that you should think about before heading out on your hike. For example, you’ll want to make sure that your friends and family know where you are.
If you’re heading out alone, be sure to give your friends and family a call to give them the exact locations that you’ll be in just in case there’s an emergency. You want them to be able to find you or send emergency services to your location if something happens.
Another tip is to have a GPS tracker on you that allows friends and family to access your location. Often, these devices will allow you to press a button to call for help if you need it, too.
Alternatively, you can bring a buddy with you as well. Still let others know where you will be too, even if someone is with you.
Bringing a friend means that you’ll have someone to enjoy your hike with that can also push you to do even better!
What Are You Waiting For? Start Hiking!
Hiking is easy for beginners to start. With a few good tools and some amazing sights to behold, there’s no better time to get out and begin hiking.
Don’t forget to send us some amazing pictures of the places you go and see.
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