Tips to stay safe and healthy during your hike | RMHP Blog



Ready, set—safe hiking!

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:

1. Dress in layers so you can adjust to the weather as necessary.

And bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

2. Wear sturdy boots

or good walking shoes that are broken in and comfortable.

3. Let a family member or a friend know where you're going.

Check in with them when you return.

4. Bring water and some snacks,

even if you're planning a fairly short hike.

5. Never hike after dark.

Sources: American Council on Exercise; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Forest Service

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