From the Wellness Team: Wellness Wednesday Trainer Tip – Hiking

5 Beginner Hiking Tips

1. Start small and local- Unlike walking on a smooth road, hiking on trails have various terrains and hills; 2. Plan ahead- Do some research on the local trails you want to go on. Things to consider like parking, getting maps, park times, etc. Also always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be out; 3. Bring enough food and water- In the case of hiking less is more. A general rule of thumb is to bring ½ a liter of water for every hour on the trail and some sort of snack bar every hour; 4. Dress for the weather- Make sure to check the weather before you head out. Bring extra layers if needed, wear moisture-wicking clothes, and bring a small backpack; 5. HAVE FUN!- Bring a friend, family member, dog (if the park allows), and try different trails, the adventure is endless!