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Nick Abbadessa

Making the Most of your Hiking or Mountain Biking Experience

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt…

In our fast paced world, sometimes we just need to stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy the fresh air. Too often, many unconsciously begin living their life on auto-pilot and/or without purpose, subsequently failing to truly live to their fullest. Hitting the trails, however, has shown not only to offer substantial physical benefits for our body, but hiking is also medicine for the mind and soul. Luckily, as you saw in my previous blog, La Verne, CA is surrounded by a variety of beautiful, hiking trails suitable for individuals of all ages, skill levels, and activity preferences. Whether it’s a place to hike, bike, horseback ride, cross streams, climb boulders, or just take in the scenery, we are fortunate to have access to them in our own backyard. If you haven’t seen the list of hiking trails, check out this post HERE.

Hiking Tips

Benefits of Hiking / Mountain Biking

The benefits of hiking and mountain biking are numerous. First and foremost, hiking and mountain biking are  incredible workouts. For example, pending on the trail, incline, and your weight, you can easily burn in excess of 500 calories per hour hiking. Additionally, compared to walking on a flat surface, the uneven terrain of a nature trail, sandy surface, or other natural ground not only burns up to 28% percent more energy, but it helps build more muscle and increase your metabolism. In short, it’s time to ditch the treadmills, and hop on one of our hiking trails or a mountain bike.

Second, hiking and biking pulls us away from the daily grind and energy sucking technology and allows us to connect with ourselves and nature. It brings us present into the moment and provides the experience of what we all need more of, simplicity. Subsequently, we gain a better understanding of who we are, what we are doing, and how we are doing it. We are able to think positively and therefore more happily.

Third, whether you are an entrepreneur, student, artist, or etc…hiking and biking have shown to increase one’s creativity. Research displays that getting outside and spending time with nature increases one’s attention span and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50%. Furthermore, researchers from Stanford University have concluded that walking gets the creative juices flowing much more than sitting. Guess it’s time to give the office desk and meeting room the boot and replace it with a good old hike at one of our local hiking trails.

Trail Essentials

Backpack: Find a good backpack that’s large enough to hold your essentials, yet light and small enough to prevent you from over packing. At the same time, make sure it’s water-resistant, padded, and includes comfortable straps. TIP: Line your backpack with a garbage bag for extra protection from the water.

Water and Snacks: Take lots of water, as well as easy-to-eat and carry snacks. Snack examples may include sandwiches, muffins, dried fruit, granola bars, and/or apple slices. TIP 1: Place your snacks in sealable baggies as opposed to their original air filled packaging to save space and easily reseal. TIP 2: Forget the Keto and Atkins diets for a second and munch on some health carbs for a hike as it provides a boost of energy.

Phone: Outside the selfies, a fully charged phone provides a means of communication and navigation in case of emergencies. Additionally, as described above, hiking gets the creative juices going. Therefore, if you’re not one to carry a notepad and pencil, a phone can be an excellent note pad to jot all your creative thoughts. Side note, don’t forget to bring extra batteries or even a solar charger. TIP: Place your phone (along with other sensitive and important items) into plastic bags for added protection.

First Aid-Kit: You never know when injuries may pop-up, particularly if you’re hiking with the little ones. Make sure at the very least you have Band-Aids, disinfecting ointment, antihistamines, blister dressing, pain medication, and tweezers. TIP: Old prescription bottles make a great space-saving mini first aid kit case.

Sun protection: Living in sunny California, we’re privileged to constantly be kissed by the sun’s rays. Sun screen, SPF Chapstick, sunglasses, and/or a hat, however, are a must to prevent sun burning and pre-mature aging.

Extra Clothes: As you saw on my previous blog, some of the trails surrounding La Verne include such water features as waterfalls, lakes, and streams. Extra clothes can come in handy for replacing wet pieces. Additionally, if the weather begins cooling down as the sun sets, extra layers can be worn for further insulation.

Other Suggested Essentials: Wallet, book, journal, shelter, headlamp/flashlight, insect repellent, knife, toilet paper, compass, fire starter, duct tape, and a printed out map.

Get Fit for Hiking Performance

Thanks to REI, here are a few tips to prepare your for the trails…

Next time you’re looking to get unplugged, workout, and boost your spirit, may I suggest hiking or biking at one of our beautiful local trails.

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Nick Abbadessa

Realtor, BA, Cert. Luxury Home Specialist

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RE/MAX Masters Realty

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