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It is so nice to get out and explore our wonderful planet. For many Aromalief customers, summer is probably the best time of the year to go out and do things without the added pain that winter brings. In this blog post, I want to share with you 4 Hiking Tips for Pain Sufferers to make your hikes more enjoyable and safer. With a little planning, you will be able to get more out of every hike.
The beauty of nature is that there is a little bit of everything for everyone and hiking trails are no exception. In addition to there being a variety of landscapes like mountains, rain forests, deserts, and beach side hikes, there are also degrees of difficulty that you can choose from. Visit the website All Trails to help you select the right hike for you based on difficulty level and length. Stick to an easy level and read reviews on hikes. Also, be mindful of the time length of the hike, you may feel great and decide to go further, but limit your time to under 30 minutes and work your way up in length.
I cannot emphasize enough what a difference it makes to have the right socks and shoes for your hikes. Take them on walks around your neighborhood to break them in and test them out before going on a hike with them and developing blisters or aches from them. Remember that your shoes impact your feet, knees, and back. You also want to make sure they have good traction and if you are going to wet areas, that they are waterproof too.
Drink water even if you are not thirsty on your hike. You may want to consider taking a small backpack or bottles that come with their own carrier. You may also want to consider taking 1 bottle with water and filling up the 2nd one with Pedialyte. It has less sugar than sports drinks, but all the electrolytes to keep you from getting dehydrated.
I know many people that hate walking sticks, but they can be super helpful on hikes that are muddy, have fallen branches, or roots that stick out from under the ground. Walking sticks can help prevent falls and getting dirty. They also help with distributing your body weight and keeping pressure off your knees and back. There are some cool ones made out of metal, or ornate ones from one. It is also important to double check them for your height.
Before going out on your hike, apply a pain relief lotion like Aromalief® to your feet, knees, and back to make sure that muscles are nice and relaxed for your hike. When you return, take a nice shower that is not too hot. Then apply Aromalief again because even though you might not yet be in pain, you want to make sure that the muscles don’t tense up while you sleep and also drink more water for the remainder of the day.