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How to Prioritize Safety During Winter Hikes

By Donna Stark

As winter rolls around and the days become shorter and much colder, you may find it harder and harder to find the motivation you need to get outside. On top of that, the harsh weather that comes with the season can definitely add some obstacles to your outdoor workouts, especially if you rely on hiking for your exercise. Fortunately, there are a few simple tweaks you can make to your hiking routine to keep yourself active and safe.

Winter Hiking Is the Best

Just because the weather isn't being the best of friends with you right now doesn't mean you should skip out on all the benefits that come from hiking. It's important to stay as active as you can, and by heading outdoors to do so, you can also avoid a lot of the viruses that are trying to seek refuge inside. But remember, you need to prioritize your safety first! Take a look at these easy steps that will keep your winter hikes safe and fun.

  • Plan when you should hike - During the winter months, the sun will set a lot earlier than you may like. If you have a familiar hike that you would like to stick with, you may need to adjust your time frame when hitting the trails. Being left out in the dark during the winter is never a good idea, especially when hiking.
  • Be responsible with time - Due to the harsh elements, winter hikes will typically take much longer to complete. You may be forced to move slower and you may even encounter more obstacles. Plan your food, clothing, and hike time accordingly.
  • Be prepared to navigate - With snow levels rising, the trail markers you rely on can become covered. During the winter months, make sure you are on high alert and paying extreme attention to the trail. It is also a good idea to carry a map along with you.
  • Fuel your body properly - Harsh elements will take a toll on your body faster than you can imagine. It is vitally important to give your body the fuel it needs to keep moving and to stay healthy. Giving your body proper nutrition before you head out will also help keep you warm!
  • Stay hydrated - Your body still needs the same amount of water as always, even if you aren't thirsty or feel hot. And while participating in a demanding physical activity like hiking, your body will need even more. If your situation becomes dire, dehydration can cause hypothermia to progress quicker, so make sure you are carrying enough water with you.

Cold-Weather Hiking for Improved Health and Wellness

Don't give up on your health and fitness goals simply because the temperatures have dipped. Stay as active as you can and prioritize your safety with the suggestions above! Happy hiking!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash. 

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