Today marks the first day of the official summer season here in New Hampshire and the kids have been chatting about what we’ll do over summer break. The teen is going to create a list of places to hike. We haven’t gone hiking in far too many years and our bodies show the signs. This summer season the kids and I are going to get back on track with being active. This means we’ll be hiking some of our favorite spots that we haven’t been to in probably well over 4 years. Hiking is a great way to exercise and be one with nature. We’ve seen so many cool things while on our hiking trips. We’ve witness owls, deer, and even met a Forest Ranger once!
What Hiking Can Do For Your Body
Best Pants for Hiking
One thing that I think about when it comes to hiking is all of those insects and rodents that we happen on in the woods. When we go hiking I try to make sure that we’re wearing the best hiking pants. Since my kids are happier earlier in the day we try to start our hiking adventures first thing in the morning. This is perfect because the sunshine hasn’t hit its all-time high heat yet, and we can get out before too many people venture to our favorite hiking spots. When I’m choosing what pants we should wear, I try to go with the best hiking pants possible. I enjoy pants that can easily transition into something a bit cooler as the day goes on. This means a zip off or easily rolled up pant leg is the option I’ll often opt for us to wear when hiking. While shorts may seem like a good option, they simply don’t deter ticks from our legs and we usually end up with black fly and mosquito bites. This is why I always opt for the best hiking pants possible.
What Hiking can do for your Body
Now that I’ve briefly covered the best hiking pants, I want to tell you a bit more about what hiking can do for your body. This simple way to exercise doesn’t feel like exercise. This is why I can get away with taking my trio up on the mountain trails, they don’t realize it’s exercise! What exactly can hiking do for your body? Well, let me count the ways;
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Boost bone density.
- Help with weight loss or maintaining your weight.
- Lowers your risk of heart disease.
I don’t talk about this a lot on the blog, but I do have some health issues. My blood pressure tends to go on the high end and I have high cholesterol. These factors make me realize that my body is getting older, even if I feel like I’m still in my 20’s. Reality is, I am almost 37 and my kids are not getting any younger either. I only have today to do things that are good for my body. Finding the best hiking pants and getting out there on the mountain to go hiking with my kids truly helps my heart health and boosts my mood.
Best Tips for Hiking With Family
Well, I’ve shared the best hiking pants, and how hiking helps your body but what do you do when you have to plan a hiking trip with the family? Here are some tips to help you plan your next hiking trip with kids so that you can enjoy the hike without the drama;
- Start with an Easier Trail – The very first hike the kids went on was about a one-mile hike. This trail was easy and it led to some great views atop Mt Ascutney in Vermont. If you’re going hiking with kids who’ll be walking, then try for an easier, shorter trail at first until they build muscle tone and strength.
- Get a Hiking Backpack – We were lucky back when I was married, we were able to borrow my cousins hiking backpack and it worked well. I can’t personally foresee me carrying a heavy child on my back, but this hiking backpack displaces the child’s weight good so that you don’t kill your back with a young child in tow.
- Pack Snacks & Water – some good protein snacks for you and the kids are best, in addition, be sure you have ample water on hand. I know that the trio and I go through a ton of water. I will often freezer water bottles overnight, half full, this allows our water to stay cold throughout the entire hiking trip.
- Make Sponge Necklaces – this new idea is something I happened upon while writing content for a client, and it’s a brilliant way to keep kids cool while hiking. Cut kitchen sponges into squares, place on necklaces and allow the kids to put cold water on them to cool down during a hike. Tutorial on Babble.
- Bring a Blanket or Travel Chair – there are many travel chairs that fold up and can easily go into a backpack or be carried on your back, be sure you have a way for your kids to take a rest part way up the mountain. Kids will need more breaks during their first few hiking trips until their little bodies get used to the hike.