Tips on Walking Long Distances

Walking long distances can put a strain on your feet and your body. Paying attention to details before and while you walk can make the trek less difficult. You must make sure your feet and body are well-maintained to avoid discomfort.

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Clothing

Wear breathable fabrics that exposes your skin to oxygen and allow your body to sweat. Try to avoid all cotton materials. Breathable fabrics will help prevent your skin from chafing and blistering. It also helps to apply lubricant to areas where you have experienced chafing before. If you live in an area with changing seasons, wear light layers that you can remove or put on as required.

Hydration

Water helps maintain energy and strength. Bring a big water bottle with you filled with water and ice. If you don't care for the idea of lugging around a large bottle, buy a hydration pack with a tube for sipping the water. They're carried on your back like a backpack and vary in size from one to four liters. Familiarize yourself with the path you are walking and learn the locations of any water fountains you will pass on the way.

Food

Along with water, your body also needs food for energy. It burns the calories you intake and helps you walk longer distances. Bring a couple snacks in a zip-lock bag for easy access during the walk. Some healthy snacks are power bars, raisins or nuts. Jerky and bananas are also portable sources of energy.

Prepare Your Feet

Long distances can cause discomfort and pain to your feet. Stay off your feet as much as you can before the walk so they are rested. Clean and clip your toenails to avoid discomfort in the front of your feet. Wear light and breathable shoes to avoid painful blisters. Carry bandages in case you do develop blisters; or if you have bunions, put the bandage on your bunion before you leave the house.

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