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Hello! Today I have a real treat for you. We have a guest post from a blogger named Quinn.

Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast who likes to keep things fresh with her workouts. She enjoys going running, playing soccer and going hiking with her family. She is always on the lookout for the next workout to try. Healthy eating is extremely important to her and she believes in the “Do Good, Feel Good” philosophy.


Quinn’s blog can be found at: healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com

I just love her philosophy: “Do Good, Feel Good”!

Now please enjoy Quinn’s Hiking Tips and Advice Article. 

Take a Hike: 7 Essential Items for the Great Outdoors

With the leaves changing and the temperatures falling radically in many parts of the U.S., fall offers the perfect time of year for a personal or family hike. Hiking is one of the easiest ways to enjoy nature because you can choose the level of difficulty and tailor your experience to meet your needs. Instead of trudging through your usual routine at the gym, step outside for a breath of fresh air and the chance to experience the beauty of your natural surroundings. Before you go, check out this list of essential items that every good hiker needs.

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1. Backpack

A sturdy backpack forms the basis for all of your hiking gear. Choose a backpack specifically designed for the outdoors with lots of pockets to keep food, water and extra supplies. Finding a backpack that fits your body well and has external support features to keep the pressure off your knees and hips is essential. My husband actually found one small enough to fit me for one of our first anniversary gifts, making our hiking excursions that much more enjoyable!

2.First Aid Kits

When leaving the comfort of civilization, you need to take a well-stocked first aid kit just in case. Your kit should include a variety of adhesive bandages, plenty of antibacterial lotion, medical tape, scissors and alcohol wipes to treat wounds and prevent the spread of infections.

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3. Map & Compass

You may have a cell phone with you on your hike, but cell service can be unreliable outside. Pack a map and compass just in case to help you stay on track and provide guidance if you lose the trail. Even the most experienced hikers can get lost from time to time!

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4. Synthetic Clothing

It wasn’t until my husband bought us the right socks and clothing, that I realized how essential they are to a pain-free hike. I learned quickly to avoid wearing cotton clothing and socks because cotton absorbs water easily. Instead, choose moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics designed to help keep your feet and body dry as you sweat or encounter precipitation. Staying dry will prevent chafing and illness.

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5. Hiking Boots

You don’t have to buy expensive hiking boots for your first hiking adventure, but you should invest in a pair of good running shoes if you don’t want to wear boots. Running shoes offer the traction and support you need to traverse hills and rocks while keeping your feet dry and protected.

6. Water Bottle & Filter

You’ll need to stay hydrated during your excursion so pack a quality water bottle designed for camping. Because you won’t always find a fresh, unpolluted water source, you’ll also need to pack a filter to clean and decontaminate the water you find naturally. There are also numerous filtration water bottles out there now, which can help reduce the time spent on filtering and one less thing to worry about!

7. Bug Spray

Most people forget about bugs during the fall, but they still live and thrive in warmer climates and the woods. Pack some effective bug spray to prevent harmful and itchy bites from ruining your adventure.

Hiking may be a fun and easy way to get your family outdoors, but that doesn’t mean it’s light on health benefits. Hiking requires walking, climbing and squeezing through rocks, up hills and sometimes through water sources. Because your body will be constantly readjusting to new terrain, you’ll get a solid workout within just a few miles of hiking. Start out slow and work your way up to a steady pace, and you’ll reap the health benefits of hiking as you appreciate the surrounding beauty!


I know you took something away from that! Thank-you so much Quinn for taking the time to introduce your self and share your hiking tips.

Quinn’s blog can be found at: healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com

I sure did enjoy them very much. I love to hike as often a I can, I so prefer outdoor walks over indoor workouts, but admittedly I am a fair weather hiker. 

I sure hope you will come back and share with us a favorite workout or a healthy meal you just cannot live without. 

Hikers: Do you have anything you would like to add?

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