On the Trail ...
Get on the hiking trail to enjoy some great adventures. There few better ways to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer than to go on agodd hike with a few friends of yours. But while they are delights close to an adventurer’s heart, they can also be quite a burden – to your legs, back muscles, arms, your whole body in actually.
Below are some difficulties and other problems you may have to face while on the trail and how to overcome them:
Sock and Shoe Advice
No particular brand is recommended, but there are a few factors to keep an eye on when buying both socks and shoes for the hiking trail.
First, regarding socks, it is advised that you get one of the current synthetic blends like acrylic or COOLMAX®. When it comes to drawing dampness away from the feet, these types of materials are preffered.
Cotton socks are not best advised when on the hiking trail as your feet will remain damp, creating a casue for problems. For extra padding and to prevent blisters and rbbing, socks that are especially designed for walking or hiking typically have more padding along the base. You can get them in most sporting wares stores.
Now, we go to the shoes. Selecting the best pair of boots that could withstand the battering of the hiking trail is a bit more challenging. But the number one consideration should be the fit. Get the size right, and if possible, use the same socks you will be using when trying on hiking shoes. Your heel should fit snugly so that there is no excess movement as you walk.
Care for Your Shins
There arn't many walkers who don't get some muscle soreness in their legs and shins after a long walk. If your shins begin to hurt after a day of walking, how much more if you’ve been tramping up and down difficult hiking trails for a few days?
When you are walking, you tend to land on your heels with the feet at an approximate 45 degree postion from the floor. This high level of repetitive straining of the shins is what creates the soreness when you step up your speed or mileage.
Although it’s not likely you will come out pain-free after a long trek along a challenging hiking trail, there is a way for you to lessen the discomfort. Before you go on your hike, take a bit of time to loosen up. Do this by alternately pointing and flexing the feet. Rotating the ankles will also help stretch and build up the shin muscles. For the best effect, carry out these exercises consistently every time you decide to take on a long trail.
Pain in the Back
It’s almost certain you’ll experience some back pain when you go on a long trek. And it becomes even more obvious if you are sporting a heavy backpack, which is almost bound to be the case during hiking. Of course it's best to lessen the load. However, you certainly cannot afford not to bring any provisions for your backpack traveling, so it's likely that even if you greatly reduce your burden, your backpack is still going to be a bit heavier than you'd like..
You can avoid fatigue caused by “sway back,” which is an unnatural curve in the low back, position the pelvis in a balanced position, with the buttocks pulled under the hips, and regularly doing the aforementioned back stretches. These simple measures will keep you away from debilitating back-pain, and from the Chiropractor too.