ASHEVILLE, NC – September 12, 2022 – The Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Department offers four hikes led by their staff on Saturday mornings this summer and fall. There is no cost to take advantage of this great opportunity to be outside, get some exercise, meet other people, and keep healthy. The 2nd hike in the series will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 AM along the 4.25 mile there-and-back Rattlesnake Lodge trail. Space is limited to 12 people. Advanced registration is required. You can register at https://www.simpletix.com/e/sampler-hike-series-rattlesnake-lodge-hike-tickets-110544 The first hike of the series took place on August 27th. It was a Lake Powhatan hike of 6.5 miles.
Walking up and down hills is a great form of exercise and a nice way to stay healthy. Hiking is fun and relaxing. It is a cardio and endurance workout that burns a lot of calories. There are many health benefits from hiking that include: weight loss, enhanced mental health and an increase in lower body strength. This activity can help reduce one’s risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and even some cancers. Hiking has also been shown to prevent osteoporosis. Before starting a new exercise program like hiking, a person should consult their primary care physician.
Hiking up and down hills is different than walking on flat surfaces because other muscles are involved in this form of exercise. Stretching is important. While beginning any new form of exercise, it is important get in shape to prevent injuries by starting slowly and stopping with the onset of any pain. Some common hiking injuries include: blisters, ankle joint sprains, knee pain, bug bites and sunburn. Some temperature-related problems may include: hyperthermia, hypothermia or dehydration.
It is important to bring the proper equipment in order to reduce the risk of injury. Have a pair of well supportive properly-fitting hiking shoes and a good pair of socks. Waterproof shoes are preferred. On day hikes, don’t’ forget to bring a lightweight backpack to carry plenty of water, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen and layers of clothing. Proper dress is important and so is extra clothing depending on the weather forecast. It is preferable to dress in layers so that each layer can easily be removed or added as your body gets warmer with activity or if the weather changes.
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