Dr. Gregory Brammer is a medical professional who has been working in emergency medicine for the last nineteen years. As a medical professional, he understands the importance of getting enough exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle. In order to stay healthy, he regularly gets outside to go hiking. Here are some hiking tips for beginners.
Remember that hiking is as difficult as you make it. Hikers tend to start out too big when they want to get into the sport, which can be demoralizing. Hiking is not like walking, and it’s often done over much longer distances, and on much tougher terrain. Start out small and easy, and then you can pick up the pace while moving into some higher elevation changes.
Drink water even when you’re not thirsty. You’ll be losing electrolytes and water fast while hiking, especially as a beginner as your muscles develop. Make sure you’re drinking water regularly in order to make up for the loss in fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Hydration packs have come a long way in recent years, and it’s possible to get water without having to stop or open your pack.
Find footwear that’s comfortable to hike in. Most hikers prefer boots, but that’s not the case for everyone. A lot of people enjoy hiking in gym shoes, sandals, or even barefoot. What matters is that you reach your own goals comfortably; nothing works the same for all hikers, so you need to find what works for you.
Dr. Gregory Brammer understands the importance of being healthy, which is something he tries to share with patients and colleagues alike.