By Mary Pletsch 22 Apr 2022 no comment 135 Views

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s an excellent time to take advantage of the great hiking trails in the local area.  For example, the trails around the qplex in Quispamsis are free to use and have varying levels of difficulty.  Hiking and walking are not expensive hobbies – all you need to get started is a supportive pair of shoes and a water bottle – and they’re excellent ways to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

Check out our suggestions for safe hiking.

Know your abilities, and the abilities of the other people in your group.  Choose a trail that suits the fitness level of everyone in the group.  It’s better to start out with an easier trail and decide you want something more challenging next time.

Walk and talk.  If you’re too out of breath to carry on a conversation, you’re pushing too hard.  Slow the pace.

Stay on the trail.  Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.  Don’t wander off the trail into the forest.

Dress appropriately.  In addition if it’s overcast, take a raincoat.  If you’ll be out into the evening, you may need a jacket or sweater.  If it’s hot and bright, wear sunscreen and bring more to reapply as the day goes on.

Bring water.  Water is essential, especially in the summer months.  Depending on how long you’re hiking, a portable snack might also be a good idea.  If you have allergies or asthma, don’t forget your epi-pen and your medication.  It’s also wise to have a basic first aid kit in case you stumble or fall on the trail.

When you’re hiking in a more remote area, carry a flashlight and extra batteries, a compass, and a whistle.

A backpack is the easiest way to carry your gear.  Make sure you wear it properly to prevent injury.

Take breaks.  If you’re out all day, a good rule of thumb is a ten-minute break for every hour of hiking.  Use your break time to drink water and have a snack.

Regular chiropractic care will help your body be at its best when you’re hiking.

You may not feel like an “athlete,” but active bodies need support.  If you haven’t been to see us lately, contact Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172 to schedule an appointment.

Happy trails!

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