Summer is the perfect time for hiking, which can even be a year-round activity in places with warmer climates, such as California, Texas and Arizona. Hiking is a great activity that allows one to exercise while spending time outdoors. Being outside in the sun allows us to capture Vitamin D from the sun’s rays, which is essential for our well-being. Just remember to protect yourself from the sun by slathering on sunblock and wearing hats and sunglasses.
Another great benefit that hiking offers is the chance to spend time with friends and family. A trail is a distraction-free place to catch up with a friend or have a heart-to-heart with a loved one. Depending on the difficulty of the hike, the entire family can join; even babies can participate by sitting in a stroller or being carried in a baby sack.
To prepare for your hike, pack trail worthy companions to keep yourself hydrated and energized. In this article, we will recommend the food, drink and supplies you need to carry with you while you hike.
It is imperative to keep yourself hydrated while you participate in physical exercise, such as hiking. If you are doing a strenuous hike, or are going on a particularly hot or humid day, pack even more water than you usually would.
Ditch the traditional plastic water bottles, 50 billion of which end up in American landfills! Instead, purchase a stainless steel option that will keep your water cool on a hot day, and can be reused for years to come! Consider the 17 oz. S’well Stainless Steel Bottle, which is BPA and toxin-free, soy-based and contains earth friendly paint. The bottle comes in a variety of colors and patterns to suit your personal style.
Skip the sugar-laden Gatorade and instead pour good old water into your cup, not forgetting to add Willard Water® as an addition to your daily drinking and vitamin supplement regimen. Our patented and FDA-approved formula will help you maximize your health routine by increasing the overall absorption and effectiveness of antioxidants and vitamins, especially water soluble vitamins, such as folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, etc. When you take your daily vitamin, you can be sure that more of it will get absorbed by your bloodstream for maximum effects.
Another benefit of Willard Water® is that it improves the digestive process, and has even helped some of our customers with their acid reflux and gluten intolerance.
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Depending on the duration of your hike, you may need a pick-me up before, during or after. “Plan on eating one snack per hour, and bring salty snacks and water for any hike over 30 minutes to help replenish electrolytes lost through sweat,” recommends Livestrong. For a salty treat, grab a bag of Mary’s Organic Pretzels, which are gluten-free and vegan, and contain healthy grains such as brown rice, amaranth, quinoa and millet, along with seeds, like chia, sesame and flax.
When on the go, you need a quick and easy treat to energize yourself, so try a healthy bar, such as the 45 gram Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bar, which contains hemp, 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas. The bars come in three flavors: chocolate, vanilla and apple cinnamon.
Post hike, to replenish your energy, make yourself a healthy shake using the Sunwarrior Illumin8 mix. This plant-based, organic powder includes super-foods such as “baobab, chia, flax, whole grain brown rice, kelp, holy basil, guava, and coconut, to name just a few. Clean protein, the best gluten free carbohydrates from healthy fats, minerals, fiber, natural vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics, they all come together in Illumin8.” Just add water or milk to the meal in a blender for a refreshing treat!
Hiking has been found to help with depression and improve your overall mood. However, not being prepared for a hike can leave you thirsty, tired and unable to proceed on your trail. Prepare for your adventure by packing your pack with the proper items, and don’t forget to take Dr. Willard’s® with you for the hike!