Ways to Wind Down after a Hike
This post is sponsored by Michelob Ultra, but the content and opinions here are mine alone.
Hiking is one of my favorite activities. It combines things I like, fresh air, the outdoors and physical exercise into one complete activity that’s good for your body and mind. There’s plenty of trails in the Bay Area, so we hike at least every couple weeks. It’s important to find ways to wind down after a hike, same as you would stretch, hydrate and eat protein after a workout.
There’s plenty of benefits of hiking, besides the enjoyment of nature and the outdoors. Depending on the trail and the pace you walk it, there’s a lot of calories burned. We just finished a couple hour hike this afternoon that burned 800+ calories. Not bad for a stroll through the woods. It also has a meditative, restorative effect for the mind and soul, and a great way to detox stress from the week.
After a long hike, it’s best to recover or relax in some way to maximize the benefits. You just worked hard, so take some time to enjoy it.
Here’s a few of my favorite ways to wind down after a hike:
Just as in a workout, it’s ideal to stretch (or even do yoga) after a hike. Your legs put in a lot of work, and stretching helps with muscle growth, flexibility and recovery time. If done properly, a hike shouldn’t affect your weekly workout routine.
Hiking is a form a walking meditation, if you are present and enjoy your surroundings. It’s a great way to remove stress, regain focus and generally clear your mind. Sitting meditation during or afterword enhances the effect even more.
Take a bath:
Warm water, epsom salt and certain essential oils all help relax and restore muscles. This helps alleviate pain and improves recovery time.
Have a cold one and a good meal:
You just burned all those calories and did something good for your body and mind. Feel free to reward yourself with a cold beer. A good choice to not offset all your hard work is Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. It’s a premium, triple-filtered, light beer made with organic grains, and perfect for those with active lifestyles. The pure, refreshing taste is made without artificial colors or preservative, and did I mention made with organic grains? Each 12-ounce beer is has only 85 calories and 2.5 carbs, so even if you enjoy a couple it won’t offset your hike much.
Pair Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold with a wholesome home cooked meal, with plenty of protein, and you have an ideal way to wind down after a hike. It’s also great for hanging out and enjoying some social time with friends or family after a hike.
Take a nap:
Try an nap for an hour or two after a hike. You should already be relaxed and tired, and this lets your body heal itself even better.
Read, watch a movie or your favorite show:
While you’re enjoying a cold one, this is another great way to wind down after a hike. A good book, TV show or movie will give your body some time to recover while providing rewarding entertainment.
These are just a few ways to wind down after a hike. Take the time to appreciate what you’ve done, and give your body some time to relax. It will be a rewarding experience and a great addition to living a healthy and active lifestyle.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.
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