5 Important Hiking Safety Tips For Active Seniors

Camping, hiking and the outdoors are for everyone, young or old. Being out in nature provides plenty of health benefits to all of us, that’s why it’s no surprise that more and more older adults see the appeal of hiking to keep active and healthy.

Follow these important hiking safety tips for active seniors before going out and while on the trail!

Plan your trip safely and wisely

The most important thing to consider before going on a hike is whether you’re physically ready. You might want to consult your doctor beforehand, even if you’re active.

When it comes to packing, the lighter your pack, the easier it will be for you. Bring only the essentials like water (at least 2 liters), snacks, protein bars, trail mix, bright0colored rain jacket, whistle, first aid kit with medications, your cellphone and extra socks.

Start with short hikes

Choose a trail that is appropriate for you. Start with a 30-minute hike and see how you feel after. As you gain more experience and strength, you can choose longer hikes and more complicated trails.

Plan to hike in the early in the morning or in the afternoon when it’s not too hot out. Be sure to go with a group or a guide.

Dress right

You would want to be as comfortable as possible when it comes to clothing because you will sweat a lot. Dress in light layers that are easy to add or strip off in case the temperature changes. Avoid cotton and go for moisture-wicking fabrics.

Depending on the terrain of your trail, wear a good pair of hiking boots or a sturdy pair of rubber shoes.

Don’t forget to stretch

Stretching and doing some basic warm-up exercises is crucial for anyone hiking, no matter what age. Even if you think the trail is easy, never skip this step.

Move at your own pace

Hiking is not a race – your only goal is to enjoy the scenery and reach the end of the trail at your own pace. Don’t worry if you’re slower than everyone else, rest if you need to and don’t hesitate to tell your group leader any concerns.

Just as long as you enjoy yourself and you finish the hike safely, all is good!

Remember that your safety should always be your top priority. Follow these important hiking tips for active seniors and you’re sure to have an amzing time!

Daniel J. Smith is a survival expert. Having lived the outdoor life since he was very young, he loves sharing his expertise about camping, hiking, traveling, RV living and many more. He has also started his own company called OutBright, which will soon be selling products that cater to campers, hikers, travellers and all outdoor-loving adventurers.

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Reflect To Refresh Your Brain & Life

Success Thoughts

“Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.”

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Daily, multiple times per day we need to take a mental break. It doesn’t matter if you are twelve or ninety-two, we all need this.

It is a simple process. I know you are busy and have a lot on your mind. There are many important personal and professional things to attend to. Yet you need a moment to relax, refresh and feel the good that surrounds you.

It’s good for your mind and body to reflect. Take a few seconds to reflect on each of these thoughts. It will add some lift to your day.

–What is something near you that you appreciate having?

–Who is someone who loves you and is there for you?

–What about your health is good?

–What is something you recently did that you enjoyed?

–What is something you find humor in?

–What can you do to help someone, and how would you feel when you do it?

–Relax your mind and body and notice how peaceful that is?

–What do you have coming up that you are looking forward to?

–Who do you get to see today at home or work that you really like?

–What contribution have you recently made?

–What vacation did you take that you greatly enjoyed-and why?

–What is one thing you can do today to take even better care of yourself than you usually do?

If you don’t take exquisite care of yourself–who will?

Take a moment to reflect on one or more of these positive focused thoughts regularly. Print this list out and keep it where you will see it daily. Choose one and then spend a little time thinking about it and the richness these types of thoughts bring in to your life.

Take a moment today to pause and reflect.

Yes, there is covid in the world.

Yes, you could have more money or toys.

Yet life still has richness, beauty and wonder.

Take the time to notice all the good surrounding you.

It may not be perfect but there is still much to feel gratitude for.

As you go through your day today take pauses to reflect.

Don’t live today accidentally. Intentionally look for the good in your life.

When you see it, pause for a moment and feel gratitude for the good

Make today a great day! Dr. Larry

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