Monday, March 21, 2016

Hike into Health

By Amy M.


My family and I enjoy hiking local trails as a way to exercise but also as fun family excursions.  There are many places to hike locally so there’s plenty to choose from for most hiking levels*.  Hiking is a fun way to explore nature around you.  It can be a nice stroll on a well maintained walking path around a local pond or a challenging adventure on a more rugged trail at a State Park.  Always scope out the trail on line first to make sure everyone in the group is okay with the level and length of the hike.  If not, you may end up helping someone the rest of the way down or in my case a tired dog if you underestimate the length or challenge of the trail.  Dress appropriately, pack lots of water, snacks, first aid kit, sunscreen and insect repellant.  Always take plenty of breaks and don't forget to enjoy your beautiful surroundings and soak it all in.  I prefer to stick to the main cleared out path where as my husband and kids like to venture off on the more rugged less traveled trails to explore.  Either way we choose, it always turns into an adventure to remember with lots of memories and lessons learned. 

*Check out trails to hike in Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/hiking.html

Check out the article below which can be found out on the Blackstone Library site located on the Gale Resources database on the Pathways to Success link.

Start Your Hike on the Right Foot With Proper Footwear; Expert gives tips on avoiding and dealing with injury.

Consumer Health News (English).  August 30, 2015 pNA.
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