Take a Hike: 4 Tips to Enjoy It and Protect Your Back
By Virginia Laird
Enjoying the great outdoors is what many people dream about this time of year. There is vast beauty in nature. There is nothing quite like a hike to experience breathtaking views that can only be compared to the movies. However, a long hike can be detrimental to your back. Nothing is worse than being on a beautiful hike you cannot finish because your back just can't go any farther. Alas, there are some tricks to protecting your back while enjoying your hike.
First thing first: Hiking is not a glamorous occasion. Get comfortable! Don’t bother with your hair or trendy clothes. Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Above all, put away those stylish, fashionable shoes. Please don’t wear the new tennis shoes you bought just for this occasion. To enjoy your hike you really need shoes that are comfortable that you have worn before. Wearing a new pair of shoes on a long hike may just be setting yourself up for failure (and blisters!). You have no idea how your feet will manage those shoes. Do your whole body a favor and wear shoes you know are good to your feet complemented by clothes that allow you to move.
Keep Your Load Light
You may be tempted to pack a large backpack for this hike. Fight the temptation! It is important to carry a few essential items but there is such a thing as overdoing it. A light backpack should do the trick. A few items to remember include:
- Water bottle
- Bug Spray
- Cell phone
Don’t Do More Than You Can Handle
So you are ready to hike, huh? If you haven’t set out before (or in a while), your body may not be ready to take on a long hike. Start with short hikes to build up to being able to finish a longer hike. There is no need to hike through the entire Texas Hill Country to prepare yourself. A simple walk on a track or a treadmill can help you prepare.
Take Multiple Breaks
Do your body a favor. Take a lot of breaks. During these breaks take your backpack off and give your back a rest. While you are doing this, look around and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
Visiting with your chiropractor can be a huge help, too. Your chiropractor can offer you suggestions to help you prepare and protect your back for hikes as well as other activities that may result in pain.
To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.