The weather is getting nicer, which means outdoor activities are in season! Among the many things you may choose to do outside, hiking is a common, fun activity chosen by many to participate in during the summer months. Hiking can be a lot of fun, even on Long Island, as there are many locations to choose from. It can also be a fantastic exercise to get your body in shape. There are, however, many precautions you must take as to ensure that your fun experience is safe as well. The last thing you need is an obstacle such as an injury or dehydration slowing you down.
Before you set out on a hike, it is crucial to select the proper footwear. Hiking boots come in many different brands, and people have many different types of feet, so a trip to the shoe store to get fitted with what is best for you is important. Improper footwear can lead to many different foot injuries, as well as a less efficient hike. Beyond your feet, it is important to dress properly for the temperature as well. Along hiking trails, there also can be many insects that can potentially carry disease. Make sure to wear long pants and long sleeves if your trip involves tall grass. Insect repellent is also very important, as this can drastically reduce the amount of bites you receive.
A long hike on a summer day also means longer exposure to the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays. Wear a hat, and select the right sunscreen and apply it regularly throughout the hike to cut down or even eliminate sunburn completely. Hydration is also key, as a lack of water is dangerous to the body. Plan ahead, and make sure you pack extra water, more than enough to get you through your planned hike. It is also crucial to take someone with you, as well as alerting someone as to where you will be and when you will be back. If you get lost, they can alert someone to come and find you.
Long Island may not seem like a place rich with hiking locations. This is completely incorrect. Much of the terrain on Long Island is prime for hiking. For example, the Belmont Lake State Park is an amazing place to hike, full with a 28-acre lake, as well as other activities such as bike riding. Cedar Creek Park in Seaford is also a great place to go, containing grounds complete with hills, as well as an entrance to the 6 mile path to Jones Beach.
Hiking is a great way to get in shape as well as see nature from a first person perspective. Take the proper precautionary measures and get out there!
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