Have you ever tried to hike before? How did it go? Chances are that you were out of breath and tired before you got to half of the way. You probably were of the opinion that you would never try hiking again, at least not until you get some help on how to improve your hiking.
Truly, hiking is a tiresome activity, but with some help, you can improve your hiking experience and endurance. Here are some ways by which you can do so.
1. Get the Right Gear
Everything is easy when the right tools are used. You cannot expect a gardener to use a fork when he should use a rake. Invest in a pair of quality hiking boots. You don’t need to buy the fancy expensive ones, but you would need to buy boots based on the kind of terrain that you intend to hike.
You would also need to get good socks to accompany the boots. Wool socks that are above the ankle or the ones with anatomic shapes will serve you best.
2. Train Ahead
Now that you have your gear ready, you need to train for the hike. It is no secret that more fit you are the better. So if you feel that you are not fit enough, you should start exercising.
Take walks around your neighborhood, use the stairwells at every chance you get instead of the elevator or escalator. You could also decide to start spin classes or go on smaller hikes depending on your level of fitness.
3. Measure your cadence
Cadence has to do with the steps you take and how consistent they are in time and length. You would want to make sure that you pick a pace that you can keep for hours.
Don’t start the hike too fast or quickly because that is one sure way to wear yourself out. Keep your steps short and steady.
4. Work your lungs
Taking deeper breaths would help to prevent fatigue providing your muscles with oxygen that they so need.
Also when climbing do not hunch. Hunching might seem like the right thing to do, after all, you want to watch your stepping. The thing about hunching though is that it restricts breathing which is not good for hiking.
Hiking can be so memorable especially when you reach the summit of the hill you intend to climb. It would be a sad story if you don’t get to see that amazing view.
Follow the recommendations above, and you are sure to get on top. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated and hike in areas that are safe and legal.