Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hiking and the Importance of Your Feet

When you go out hiking, most people take their feet for granted. We all know a supportive and comfortable boot is the key but how do you find that boot? When you try on a boot you should practice using that boot on a variety of surface angles. You never know how your toes are going to feel when they are stuffed into the front of your boot going down hill unless you try it. Another very important tip is you want your boot to be about half a size too big. This is because once you start hiking your foot will swell and you may find that the boot has become too small all of a sudden. When you buy the boot allow for swelling.

A bigger boot will also give you enough room for seasonal socks. In the winter months you will want a thin sock to wick away moisture with a natural fiber sock (like wool, or alpaca) over the top to provide warmth. In the summer you will just want the thin sock. The boot must be able to accommodate both. Once you choose a boot and you are out using them, retie your boots after a half hour. It is worth the time and effort to make sure your feet stay comfortable. After all a car isn't going very far without good tires and your body won't be going very far without well cared for feet.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit:
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