Whether you choose to hike, bike, or dance your way through the woods, safety is key! Hiking is a form of exercise that many people participate in on a daily basis.  It allows for one to engage with nature, climb mountains, walk through lakes, examine wildlife, and take in fresh air!  While hiking is an excellent form of exercise, it can also be dangerous if one is not aware of their surroundings or prepared for the journey.  Remember, no one plans to get lost!

Some may have different ideas of their “ideal hiking day,” but we should all consider a few key tips to make our hike a pleasant, safe, and fun experience.  Always consider hiking with others; a group is far more intimating to wildlife than a lone soul! Keep an eye out for marked trails and always follow them.  Wear a hat, layered clothes, and carry a whistle to increase comfort and prevent unwanted critters.  Before starting your journey, know how long you plan to be out and bring plenty of water and nutritious foods to keep your energy up.

Hiking is an excellent form of exercise and a great way to take in some Vitamin D especially in mild weather.  On a sunny day, call a friend, break a sweat, and have an enlightening experience with nature! The world is full of beautiful sights; put on your hiking boots, and start stepping.

Tips for Safe Hiking

  • Bring a hiking buddy
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and long socks to keep ticks away
  • Pack plenty of water
  • Follow marked trails
  • Carry a whistle to use if in danger

Top Hikes in the United States

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Grand Canyon
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Cascade Mountain
  • Old Rag Mountain

Sources: National Institute of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. News Report, LifeWork Strategies, Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.