Hiking Safely

As a dental hygienist who has practiced in both Kentucky and Georgia, June Jones of KY has helped people enjoy improved oral health. Beyond her experience working in Glasgow, KY, and various other locations, June Jones enjoys hiking in her free time.

Hiking is a way to stay fit and spend some time outdoors. However, it is important to know your body’s limits and follow certain guidelines to stay safe while out in nature. For example, having to puff and huff to breathe while hiking is a sign that you are pushing yourself too far. Breathing too heavily is an indicator that the legs aren’t getting enough oxygen to work as well as they could be. Therefore, while hiking, maintain a pace and intensity that allows you to be able to hold a conversation at the same time.

Additionally, stop and rest at least once an hour. During the rest, you can sit down and give your legs a break. This is also a great opportunity to rehydrate yourself with water and refuel by having a snack. Keep in mind that while engaging in a strenuous activity such as hiking, your body needs more food and water than it would if you were engaging in a less taxing activity.