Benefits of Winter Hiking
Getting moving in colder weather might be harder at first, but it has a variety of health benefits. First, you burn more calories in the cold than in warm weather - including when at rest - so you don’t have to work as hard to feel the effects. Even on cold days, getting outside is guaranteed to help you get some much-needed vitamin D and boost your immune system. Considering flu and cold season comes out in winter, it is good to know that the simple act of hiking can help you feel better inside and out.
Stay Safe Hiking in the Cold
Just like any other season, hiking in winter comes with its own set of risks. Before heading out there, it is important to let someone know your plans and where you will be - just in case. Always make sure you have a pack stocked with essentials including first aid items, duct tape, a map or compass, food, plenty of water, a multi-tool, sun protection, and other safety items such as a light and fire starter.
Cold weather brings a few health risks to look out for as well. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, make sure you are well hydrated and have enough water to sustain you for longer than your hike. Be on the lookout for hypothermia, whose first signs include shivering, exhaustion, confusion and slurred speech. If it is too cold, stay home.
Keeping an eye on your body and being prepared can make all the difference for enjoying winter hiking.