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5 Tips for Hiking In The Rain

By J .
on April 26, 2019

Most of us prefer hiking on a sunny day with clear blue skies above us but now that Spring is here the rainy days are too. Here are a few easy tips for staying dry and warm when you set off on a rainy day hike.

1. Choose The Right Trail:

On rainy days there’s no point in hiking for hours to a summit where you probably won't see the view and even those with strong immune systems can suffer from a cold after spending a day in the rain. Pick a shorter hike, something that will take you a few hours or an afternoon, rather than all day.

2. Wear The Right Clothing:

Wearing the right clothing is the key to happiness when hiking on rainy day. Layering is a good idea. Put on workout tights under your pants and a long sleeve shirt (synthetic, fleece, or wool) under your outer layer. Yoga clothes are great for these purposes because they are comfortable and don’t restrict movement.

Make sure your jacket is both waterproof and breathable and has a hood. You may also want to invest in hiking pants. Just like your jacket, these pants should be breathable and comfortable. Whatever you do, avoid cotton clothing as it soaks up water and is not warm when wet.

Baseball caps are great for sunny or rainy weather. In the rain a baseball cap's brim will help keep rain out of your eyes.

Your hiking boots should be waterproof and lightweight. The traditional choice would be leather boots but some hikers prefer shoes made of mesh because they dry fast and don’t weigh a lot. Wear wool or synthetic socks and always take an extra pair in case yours get wet.

3. Bring The Right Gear:

Invest in a lightweight backpack cover to help keep your backpack dry. Also use dry bags or even ziploc bags to keep gadgets and gear dry inside your pack.

It’s unconventional for hiking, but you can also bring an umbrella. If it’s not windy and the trail is wide enough, an umbrella can keep you drier than raingear and can act as a mini shelter to take breaks under.

4. Pack The Right Snacks:

Stopping to have a relaxing picnic isn’t going to happen on a rainy hike so bring foods you can eat on the go. Pack granola bars, simple sandwiches or trail mix. You’ll burn a lot of calories so replenishing your energy should be easy and fast. It’s also important to avoid dehydration so bring a water bottle. Consider bringing a thermos of tea or hot chocolate to warm you up if it’s cold.

5. Have A Good Attitude:

Just go with the flow. If you only go out when the weather is nice, you’re missing a lot. When it rains everything is greener, the creeks are louder, and the trails are much less crowded. You might even have them all to yourself!

 

 

 

 

Exercise Is A Remedy For Fatigue

By J .
on July 30, 2017

It’s not a secret that regular exercise will give you more strength, less fat and lowered stress. But research shows that exercise also boosts our energy levels as well as our mood, both of which contribute to our overall health and well-being.

We tend to create our own hurdles when it comes to exercising regularly especially if we're feeling sluggish, tired, and sleepy, but a simply low-intensity workout is the perfect remedy for that. When you just don't have any energy to do what you need to do, skip the extra cups of coffee and hours of sleeping in, and head outside for a walk or bike ride. It'll perk you right up!

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Workout At Home

By J .
on February 14, 2017

No more excuses. If it's rainy and cold outside you can do this indoor workout in the comfort of your home and no weights are needed. Just you and your will power.

Warm-up: Run in place and do arm circles for a couple of minutes to raise your heart rate and get blood pumping to your muscles.

Cool-down: Stretch your muscles by doing some toe touches. Also raise your arms up and bend from side to side. Keep stretching until your heart rate comes down.

Have a great workout!

 

 

 

10 Benefits Of Exercising In Nature

By J .
on April 15, 2015

Research suggests that outdoor exercise has more health benefits than a trip to the gym. Here are 10 good reasons to take your workout outside:

1. Fresh air has more oxygen which raises serotonin levels.

2. Greenscapes make you feel happier and less stressed. Nature increases feelings of well-being and lowers depression.

3. Being in nature triggers primal regions of our brain and psyche.

4. Nature is full of sensory stimulation.

5. Ease of access. Just walk out your front door and go!

6. Exercising outdoors puts more demands on your body and burns more calories.

7. Exercising in the open air helps you think more clearly.

8. Sun exposure increases vitamin D levels ensuring healthy bones and teeth and is also associated with lowering blood pressure.

9. Outdoor activity encourages more activity.

10. It’s FREE!

One more good reason to exercise outside is to connect with Mother Nature. Exercising outdoors can help you feel grounded, deepen your connection to your environment and enhance your appreciation for the beauty around you.

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