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Hiking made simple

Hiking is painful and grueling, right? It doesn't have to be. It can actually get you into great shape and still be fun.

I'm not talking about rock climbing or anything drastic, but a simple walk in the hills is all it takes to burn calories and get you out of the house while enjoying some scenery.

Here are some things you should pick up, to make your hiking experience comfortable.

  • Hiking pouch

  • Any pouch will do. You really don't need a backpack unless you're bringing lots of things. If you're going for a short hike, all you need is a little pouch to throw your stuff in.

  • Decent shoes

  • You can get some cheap hiking shoes on Ebay or the local sports store.

  • Sunglasses

  • Bottle of water

  • You should hydrate before you leave, and just take one bottle if you're going for an hour long hike. Once again, the more things you bring, the more you weigh yourself down.

  • Cell Phone for emergency

There are other things you can bring along, like a snake bite kit, food, or your iPod. Make sure you put on some sunblock, at least around your face.

Starting off

One way to start hiking is to just look around your area and find some hills. In my particular area, there are hills right behind where I live. There is a 45 degree angle hillside that takes me a few minutes to walk up.

The first time I did it, it was very hard and I was panting after I climbed it. After a couple hikes though, it suddenly got easier as my legs adapted to the steepness of the hill.

After walking around hills for about an hour, I felt like I had gotten a great workout, especially for the legs. I burned lots of calories, got lots of cardio, and even enjoyed looking down on the town from the hilltops. You can just move along at your own pace which is really nice.

You should definitely try hiking some time. It's really not much of a hassle at all, just think of it as 'taking a walk' .. although you can slowly increase the intensity over time by choosing steeper hills or longer hikes.

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