It’s that time of year again. The kids are getting restless, the weather is great, and spending time outdoors is a healthy way to bring the family together and learn about nature at the same time.
Not only does hiking give people a breath of fresh air, gorgeous scenery, and an amazing learning experience. It also encourages good blood circulation, healthy bones, and joints, and more. Hiking also promotes healthy weight management without being stuck at the gym on a treadmill.
Before getting going on a hike, people need to make sure they have the necessities for a positive and healthy trip.
1. Stay Hydrated: According to the Association of International Marathon Medical Directors Association, 3 to 6 ounces of water per mile is sufficient. But remember to drink when thirsty. It’s important to continue to drink more if feelings of dehydration take over.
2. Eat for Energy: Trail mix can be a great source of protein and other nutrients needed to make it through a hike whether it’s a long or short one. The nuts, fruits, and other items included in trail mix provide a powerful boost of energy. It’s easy to bag up and stick in a pack, making it perfect for taking on hikes.
Since purchasing packaged trail mix at the store can lead to increased costs for a simple hike, it’s best for people to buy the ingredients wanted and then bag it up at home. Good things to include are peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, even a few sweets like M&Ms. Nuts and seeds have fatty acids that could be beneficial to an invigorating hike, while dried fruit contains fiber and other nutrients that can make a hike easier on the body.
3. Supplement, Supplement, Supplement: For the devoted hiker, there are a multitude of supplements that could be helpful depending on a person’s level of hiking ability. Two supplements with the most potential benefits are Q10 and vitamin B12. Research has shown that these assist the body in converting food to energy.
There are many things to keep in mind when getting a workout from outdoor activities such as hiking. Keeping these three in mind will help you enjoy the summer!