Whether you're a nature lover or a fitness buff, hiking has a lot to offer. It gets your muscles moving in new and different ways than an urban walk. And it gets you up close and personal with Mother Nature.
But no matter why you take a hike, safety should be your top priority. Here are five tips to remember:
And bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
or good walking shoes that are broken in and comfortable.
Check in with them when you return.
even if you're planning a fairly short hike.
Sources: American Council on Exercise; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Forest Service