If you’re a beginner, going for a hike may seem daunting, but don’t be fazed. Hiking isn’t meant to be fear-inducing, and is actually quite relaxing, so long as you customize your hike to fit your comfort level. Are you ready to lace up your shoes to get going? Use these tips to make your hike safe and enjoyable!

Take a Buddy

It’s always safer to hike with someone, plus it’s more fun. But, if taking a buddy is not feasible, be sure to bring a fully charged phone and let someone know where you are going. And if this is your first time hiking alone, opt for an easier trail that won’t take you too long or too far.

Leave No Trace

Littering is never acceptable, especially when on a hike. Not only is it disrespectful to Mother Nature, but it is the outdoors, and you do not want to attract any unwanted animals. Bring a plastic bag with you in case there isn’t a trash bin readily accessible.

Know Your Limits

Beginner hikers should avoid the trails traveled by professionals. Be honest and realistic with yourself when assessing your capabilities. Set a goal for the future and you can gradually work your way up to more challenging trails.

Pack a First Aid Kit

Much like with any new adventure, including a road trip or even a weekend vacation, it’s a great idea to carry first aid essentials in your bag. Pack adhesive bandages, aspirin, extra water, and a map and compass to help you find your way should you veer off the trail.

The most important rule is to make sure you’re having a good time. Hiking should be fun and exciting! Plus, it’s a great way to get your heart rate up without overexerting yourself in a gym environment.

Always consult your doctor before changing your diet or starting a new exercise regimen.

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