Posts tagged empowerment
Seven Crucial Questions for All Who Dream of Hiking Solo!

Do you toy with the thought of going hiking just by yourself, all alone?

I hike solo. When I started, there wasn't much thought process put into it, to me it was obvious it's the style for me. I'm a loner, an introvert struggling with social anxiety, and I find being alone very rewarding. It helps with my anxiety, brings relaxation and simple happiness. Hiking solo gives me also a great boost to my confidence and pride of own accomplishments.

A lot of people find trekking solo as equally rewarding – although it’s different for each person. But even extroverts find the experience worth the effort. In our times, when we are surrounded by people almost all the time, it is good to be one-on-one with Nature and listen only to the sounds of wind, birds, and waterfalls every once in a while, am I right?

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Are You Sure You Can Call Yourself a “Hiker”?

So you would like to call yourself a "hiker" but do you have the right to do so? Are you doing all that is required to be able to call yourself that? Not everyone has earned the right to talk about themselves as a hiker or trekker. Like with everything else, there are limitations and requirements one need to fulfill to have the right to use a particular term.

To make it easier for you, I have created a checklist.

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Why I Do What I Do: On Hiking Solo & Taking Selfies

Why do I go alone into the Mountains? And what’s the deal with all these selfies?

I can’t help the smile. It doesn’t matter that I’m puffing, I am sweating, and there is some aching in my knees. The smile is there. It’s probably not even visible all that much to passing me hikers (although I always try to smile nicely to all hikers me on trails) but I feel it. I sense the smile.

And it’s a different kind of a smile than the one I give a colleague at work in the morning or after hearing a cute joke. This one is different, it radiates from a different place, somewhere deep inside. It’s a bit like when we fall in love, the smile we can’t stop after remembering the cute moment a day before.

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Pros and Cons of Hiking Solo

What does it really mean that you are alone? 

Before you head off to your first solo adventure, it's worth going through some pros and cons. I love hiking solo and am a big supporter of the idea. But it's best to be prepared and know what you are getting yourself into. Below are various possible cons and pros - they don't work that way for all but read them all to see if hiking solo is for you!

In the typical case of "good and bad news" I start with the cons:

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Hiking Benefits - Scientific Reasons to Hit the Trails Today!

Hiking through beautiful landscapes is a reward in itself. But as if this was not enough there is a whole range of hiking benefits to serve our body, mind, and social relations.  

No matter the length or difficulty – all hikes bring benefits to the physical and mental health. Do what works for you – and hike your own hike. It can be 30 min before or after work, or a few weeks in the wilderness.

The benefits might vary – but they are all the lovely side effects of simply enjoying some time with Nature. 

Please remember, we are all different and we all have specific body needs.

If you have any health issues check with your doctor first before starting any kind of physical activity, and especially if you wish to do something more strenuous, like long hikes in mountainous terrain.

Let's stay safe, enjoy the Great Outdoors and reap the many benefits of hiking :)

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We Belong There: Love Yourself and Hit the Trails, Ladies!

Is hiking only for the young, fit and healthy?

I have to make a confession. I used to be pretty fit. Daily workouts - in the beginning track and field, then martial arts and rock climbing.

I was in an awesome form!

But it was, like, high school ;-)

And now? I’m 40 year old in a month; I have fibromyalgia and haven’t been properly exercising in a long time. My back hurts sometimes and my knees are a bit off after overworking them last summer in Scotland.

Asthma, celiac disease and multiple allergies…

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