Don’t let your workout routine become dull—stay motivated by changing up your fitness regimen and heading outside. There’s nothing like the great outdoors to boost one’s spirit and clear the mind, so a rigorous hike, or even a light nature walk, can be more than just exercise. Next time you want to sweat and cultivate peace of mind, take a hike. Here’s our hiking checklist.
Hiking boots: We love the Women’s Sugarpine Boot, by Anhu. Designed for hiking, light backpacking, and walking, the Anhu Sugarpine will support your feet for miles with their Vibram rubber outsoles, EVA dual-density foot bed, and Numentum™ Low-Profile Hike Technology. These lightweight, waterproof boots are engineered to guide the foot and provide neutral positioning and stability between the lateral edges of the foot and the medial center. Bliss team members tried these multifunctional boots and were 100 percent pleased with their performance.
Water bottle: Trekking in nature elevates your heart rate and gets your blood pumping. Be sure to head out onto the trail with enough H2O to keep yourself hydrated throughout your adventure. We recommend CamelBak water bottles for their functional, sleek designs. For a hands-free experience on long excursions, you may want to invest in a CamelBak pack with hydration capacity.
Snacks: Grab a bar for the trail—even if you don’t think you’ll need a snack, it’s always a good idea to have backup sustenance when you’re out there. Our suggestion: Zego bars are allergy-friendly and free of dairy, soy, nuts, and gluten. And each bar is packed with 10 grams of protein.
Sunscreen: Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s rays can penetrate and damage skin. Any time you bring your workout outdoors, apply a quality sunscreen with a high SPF to the face and neck to protect your precious skin. Head to your local Whole Foods or beauty supply store and check out what they offer in the way of paraben-free sun protectants. Two products we swear by? MyChelle’s SunShield Coconut SPF 28 and Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer.
Are you ready to hit the trail? If you’re stumped by where to go, a quick Internet search for your region’s trails and hikes will guide you. San Francisco Bay Area locals should check out the Lands End trail, which winds along the northwestern corner of the city and boasts stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.