November 17 commemorates National Hiking Day. This year, pleasant Fall weather provides a comfortable opportunity for trekking through your favorite park or trail system. Hiking may also prove beneficial if you live with joint aches and stiffness. Movement lubricates the joints, and in turns may help with flexibility and reduced pain.
To enjoy a brisk hike, whether in an urban or remote rural setting, it’s important to plan ahead so there is no risk for discomfort or injury. Hiking is exercise, and like with approaching a workout there are considerations to keep in mind.
The Right Equipment
The shoes you wear on your hike should feel comfortable and support your feet and legs. Hiking shoes and boots come in a variety of styles depending on the terrain you will hike. Take your time in testing different pairs to find the perfect fit.
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If you enjoy exploring trails high in the mountains, hiking poles can be helpful as you negotiate thick tree roots and rocky inclines. Outdoor provision stores offer selections with ergonomic grips, which are helpful if you experience joint pain in your hands and wrists.
Before You Go
If you’re planning a short hike or an all-day excursion, it’s important to warm up before you hit the trail. Stretching exercises help loosen your limbs and improve your range of motion. Take along a water bottle to stay hydrated, and if you’ve charted a hike through deep woods consider applying insect repellent for added protection. Even in cooler weather, there is the risk of infection from ticks and bites.
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Let Bon Secours Help
For serious joint issues like arthritis and fractures, the experts at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are ready to help. Our treatments have assisted patients throughout Hampton Roads with improving quality of life. We offer minimally invasive treatments, joint replacement, physical therapy…whatever you need to get moving again. Contact us today for more information.