For much too long of a time, I have been stuck in the same daily routine for years on end. Unfortunately, I work a full time job at an office and I also have children that need to be taken care of. They aren’t gonna raise themselves, you know. I do not have a whole lot of free time to myself these days. At one point in time, I just burned out. So it got me thinking… and it didn’t take me long to decide that I was going to have to do something completely different with my life than what I was doing now. I do not like it when life gets all monotonous and every single day looks like the day before it. Before you know it, you will be addicted to the complacency that goes with this. Sometimes you really need to start pushing your own limits in order to achieve something you had never thought would be possible to achieve.
In the past few years of regularly doing 50+ hour work weeks, I had decided that I needed to work less and get more exercise. And when I say exercise, I do mean exercise. So a few walks around the block every month are not going to cut it. I needed more than that. Besides… the block I go around has always been the same for many years as well, just like my job. I just did not want to do it anymore. I have done it for well over ten years now. It’s all been the same. Where has time gone? That lifestyle is out the window now, because it simply is not good enough. For this reason, I have decided that I need to go out on a hiking trip. I am going into the mountains and look for a good trail where I can really let myself go. I have seen the great outdoors in many movies, magazines and internet images. And I had always wanted to go there in person. I have a few friends that frequently go out on outdoorsy kind of trips. They stay in a cabin and go fishing and everything.
But a guy can not simply go out into the mountains and start that hike just like that. You have got to come well prepared. If you are not going to prepare, don’t even bother going. The first thing you need is a pair of excellent hiking shoes. If you do not have good support for your feet, you are nowhere. Boots are the most essential thing that you need to be taking with you on your trip. Don’t just buy any pair of shoes. This is not a matter of seconds. Take your time to prepare. Take your time to review a number of boots and then buy the ones that you think are the best for you. You are going to be tremendously sorry if you do not do this. You have to know what you’re doing when you are going hiking.
I have researched my preparations for about a whole week. Don’t plan the trip before you have done all the research. In the end, it does not really matter which brand of hiking boots you go for. What matters is that you go with a pair that has received darn good reviews on Amazon. The ones I’ve got now are awesome. They are Hi-Tecs. I would not trade them for the world. Most of the brands out there produce good quality hiking boots. But since it is so easy to get boots with a good review on the Internet, I usually just order them online. There is this website called the Boot Bomb (check it out at http://bootbomb.com/) that can assist you in finding the best boots for you. The website has many boot comparisons and you will learn a lot from it.
I was warned up front about the possibility of developing plantar fasciitis. I have never suffered from this before. However, I am told that it is a very painful condition that can royally screw up the quality of your life. In order to prevent it, it is very important that you buy high quality boots that will support your feet and prevent this affliction all together.
When the moment arrived that I got a few weeks off from work, I travelled to the trail that I had selected and went on my first hike. This trail was advertised as being 10 days long for an average hiker. It took me 11 days, so I’d say the advertisement was spot on. I was not in the best shape when I started, so I don’t mind that it took me a day extra. This hiking trip has done lots to increase my condition. I feel much better already. A few walks around the block can not possibly hold a candle to this experience. I am planning on nailing this trail the next time I take it. I’m gonna do it in 9 days this time! But the most important thing is that I managed to finish the whole trail. I absolutely loved being smack dab in the middle of nature. There were birds everywhere and frequently other kinds of forest critters would scurry off into the bushes when I came too near. I really love the feeling of becoming completely saturated with the fresh air that mother nature has to offer. It is like nature becomes a part of your very essence.
Every single evening, I would set up camp and I would fall asleep like a rock. I would need 10 hour sleeping bouts, otherwise I would simply not be well rested enough. Don’t laugh at me. If you would have been hiking the whole day as well, you would need a lot of sleep too. Normally, I sleep 8, just like any other fellow human being out there. But that is just an average amount of sleep, good enough to recharge you after a normal day. But a hike day does not count as a normal day. The rockier the path is that you are trying to travel, the more tired you are going to be when the day comes to an end. But just resting often is not going to cut it. You have got to make sure to bring healthy foods with you as well. If you do not bring good nutrients with you, you will regret it.
I chose a pretty long trail for myself. The great thing about it is that you get a change of scenery pretty much every day. You are walking through a dense forest one day. And the next day, you are following a river stream out in the meadows. And that’s why I love hiking so much. I’m glad to have found this new hobby. I am planning on doing it a lot more in the near future. With all the walking I’m about to do, I’ll have to find a good way to avoid plantar fasciitis, though. Have you ever had it? I don’t recommend it. It’s incredibly painful!