Being fit and active is important in the current climate, but not everyone is as keen as working out in the gym as some people. While the thought of going to the gym is important for many people, there are other people who find the idea of wearing spandex and staring at the walls while running on the same spot totally unappealing.
It is important to know that there are plenty of other ways to get regular exercise in your life and going on walks, hikes and adventure breaks may be exactly what you are looking for.
There are plenty of benefits to getting your exercise in this manner compared to what a gym has to offer. For one, you can take all of the family, including your dogs if you so desire. All you need is a tent and there is nothing stopping you from taking all of your family away with you to benefit in the fresh air and healthy lifestyle that comes when you get out in the wild. For those people that find the gym to be a little bit too dull, this is definitely the best type of way to get fit.
You may not be too keen on the traditional gym clothing that is worn by many people but you can make your hiking or trekking adventures more enjoyable by picking up proper equipment. There is no need to spend a lot of money and many of your current items of clothing will be just be fine but it is possible to enhance the adventure experience with one or two items of clothing.
It is recommended to wear layers as opposed to overly heavy or warm items of clothing. As the day progresses or as your body temperature rises and falls, you are likely to experience a range of different temperatures. Being flexible is important when you are out in the open.
One area where it is important to focus on is with footwear. There are a number of things that hikers, walkers and adventurers need from their choice of footwear. Strength and stability is an obvious choice. The underfoot conditions are not always reliable and it can be easy to roll over your ankle or stumble and trip. Having reliable shoes will provide the platform for an enjoyable day out while minimizing the risk of suffering injuries.
It is also important to look out for footwear that are watertight (unless you will be hiking near water, and then you should probably opt for sandals). If your feet get wet, you may be uncomfortable and this can greatly reduce the level of enjoyment and pleasure you take from your adventure. Reliable footwear is definitely a major factor of having fun while out in the wild.
You are absolutely right about foot gear! When it comes to clothes you can make pretty much anything do but when it comes to what you put on your feet, a good pair of boots are worth the investment. We really like Gore-Tex in the summer because it’s lightweight and breathable. You can find a large variety that are water proof (really resistant) with Gore-Tex.
I would add a lightweight rain jacket with hood that could be tucked in a day pack. It doesn’t need to be expensive but invaluable if you need it.
Getting exercise in fresh air and sunshine is great advise, thanks for sharing it!