Have you ever wished you could tell someone to "take a hike"? Today it's perfectly acceptable, because November 17 is National Take a Hike Day.
There's plenty to love about hiking: fresh air, great views, and a chance to take in all the sights and sounds of nature. Plus, there are the health and fitness benefits: hiking burns 400-500 calories per hour, and the change of scenery can take your mind off your troubles.
"Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."
There are an estimated 74,000 miles of hiking trails in the U.S. alone -- something for every time frame and skill level. The American Hiking Society has a searchable map to discover hikes near you.
But before you take that hike, make sure you take the following basics to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the trail:
- Appropriate footwear -- trail shoes or hiking boots with a thick sole
- A map, compass, or GPS
- Water and snacks
- Sunscreen and a hat for protection
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent.
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