In ideal weather, it’s no surprise that exercising outdoors becomes increasingly popular—especially hiking, should you have a mountain (or any vegetation) nearby. But, before you begin blazing trails, or climbing toward the sky, there are some steps you should take to avoid injury.
We asked seven experts for their best pieces of advice for embarking on a long excursion. Read on for their tips and tricks, to avoid cuts, scrapes, bruises, and wounds, blisters, and the like.
Without further ado, get to it… take a hike!
“Wear your new shoes or boots around the house with the socks that you plan to wear on future hikes. It’s a good idea to start small, with shorter hikes, to feel for any potential footwear issues. Always lace up your shoes or boots snugly, but not too tight. Breaking in your shoes before extensive use will help identify trouble spots and can prevent blisters and foot pain before you are committed to a long hike.” —Rob Macgowan, Director of Recreation at Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotel, in Central Oregon