Being tired tends to take all the fun out of hiking, although it’s almost inevitable in most cases. If you’ve really grown fond of taking long walks in the wilderness but can’t seem to sustain it physically, you may want to stick around as we talk about how to combat hiking fatigue:
Abandon unhealthy habits
The first thing you may want to do is analyze your habits and see if there are any that may hinder your stamina. You’ve obviously decided that you want to live a healthier lifestyle by picking up on hiking, so working on your bad habits should be one of your main priorities.
A cigarette on special occasions and a glass of wine here and there won’t have as much of an impact, although heavy smokers and drinkers tend to make poor hikers. Smokers specifically are at a disadvantage, as fresh air often feels like poison to them.
Work on your stamina
After deciding to quit some of your bad habits, you may want to take a more proactive approach and start building up your stamina. Regular exercising, early morning walks and using transport only when necessary are some of the best ways to do so.
Hiking more frequently will help you feel more comfortable and ‘durable’ in terms of stamina on every future trip. Physical outdoor activities encourage faster, steadier growth, and you’ll be able to tackle more advanced trails in no time.
Address your allergies
According to Healthline, more than 60 million people within the United States suffer from at least one type of allergy. Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe live their lives without even knowing their coughing and sneezing are allergic reactions to insect bites, stings, animal hair, pollen, or even plain grass.
Allergies can affect any part of our body, especially airways, skin, nasal passages, as well as the digestive system. Going on a hiking trip without taking the necessary precautions to keep the allergic triggers at bay will have a negative impact on your stamina, and you will tire significantly faster.
Dehydration can cause a series of inconveniences and problems, most notably headache, dizziness, sleepiness; it can even lower blood pressure.
Obviously, most hiking trips aren’t as physically demanding and tiring so as to make a person dehydrated to the point of passing out. However, if you’re not drinking enough water, you are continually in a mild state of dehydration, which can wreak havoc on your body.
Given that our bodies are mostly comprised of water, we need it more than we need food. Drink more water more frequently to avoid the symptoms (in whichever capacity) that would tire you.
Improve the quality of your sleep
Sleeping and fatigue are tightly correlated. Essentially, we replenish energy as we sleep; the amount of energy that we gain this way is dictated by the quality of sleep, not just the hours we’ve spent with our eyes closed.
Unpleasant noises in the background, improper mattresses and pillows, irregular sleeping regimes, and various sleeping disorders play different roles, and you may want to address these issues if you want to improve your odds at combating fatigue. In a nutshell, if you wake up tired, don’t expect to magically feel invigorated once you set your feet on the trail.
Consider investing in a better backpack
You’ll need a few things for your hiking trip; certainly not as many (and as heavy) as campers, but most hikers don’t begin their trips empty-handed. Spare clothing, a couple of water bottles, some food, and the basic survival items can easily fit inside a backpack. However, the type of backpack you carry determines how quickly you’ll tire yourself out.
You may want to consider investing in a better, hiking-dedicated backpack, which is supposed to be lighter, more versatile, and more practical than standard backpacks.
Lower capacity backpacks are typically favored over high-capacity ones, as you don’t really need the extra space. Zippered closure offers more security and easier access to the pack’s features; hooks are great if you prefer to keep some of your items close to hand, although they aren’t that essential.
Generally speaking, consider the pack’s weight, capacity, and fit above everything else. A padded back area can be a game-changer, although backpacks equipped with such a feature are usually a bit more expensive.
Bring a Travel Chair
If all else fails and you keep getting tired time and time again, you may as well bring a chair and feel more comfortable resting before hitting the trail again. Regular chairs are both too massive and heavy to be brought on a hiking trip, so you’ll certainly want a compact, portable one.
Travel Chair, a compact chair manufacturer founded in 1984, is among the biggest names in this particular line of industry, so you may want to start your search with them. The brand is different from similar companies in that they overbuild. Namely, Travel Chair products are specifically designed to offer unparalleled sturdiness and comfort, although they are fairly stylish and modern as well.
If you’re low on cash and want something simple, our recommendation is the Slacker Model 1389V; a simple tripod stool that is as light and sturdy as it is affordable. Within the same price range, you’ll find the C-Series Rider model, which is a slightly bigger, yet remarkably portable folding chair that offers armrests and a cup holder.
Travel Chair’s Joey C-Series is a hiker’s favorite, as it’s remarkably small, tremendously sturdy, and uniquely comfortable. It weighs just below two pounds and can be fit in a regular carry bag when folded. The Big Bubba 789FRV is slightly more expensive, but it offers a deep-sling seat, high back, ripstop fabric reinforcements, and rock-solid construction.
The Lounge Lizard 2189 is arguably the best zero gravity chair the brand has to offer. It offers superior breathability and comfort, although it also comes at a slightly heftier price tag. It’s also slightly heavier, but still a fairly compact travel chair.
We hope that this guide was useful to you and that you have learned something new today on how to combat fatigue when hiking. Make sure you are staying safe in these times we are all going through and have a good one, guys!”