Exercise shouldn’t kill you. Most people would agree with that. But the reality is that exercise does kill, when you’re not prepared, don’t understand the risks, or your fitness level isn’t up to the task.
MOTHER NATURE DOESN’T FORGIVE
If you’re out in the wilderness, on a rocky hillside, riding the rapids, or up on a mountain, you need a plan, and know what you’re doing, because the mountains don’t care, and hikes can turn deadly.
Hiking alone in Mexico, 25 year-old Hari Simran Singh Khalsa of Brooklyn, New York, was found dead on January 2. Missing since December 30, his body was found in a ravine near the town of Tepoztlan.
Khalsa told his wife that he planned to go on a short hike, and in a later message told her he walked further than intended, and also told friends that he climbed too high onto another mountain by mistake.
His family said he died of head injuries from a fall over rough terrain, in the Tepozteco Mountains.
In his last text message to a friend, he said that he was on top of a very high mountain, and not sure how to get down. He had a liter (about 4 cups) of water and a bag of trail mix.
10 HIKING TIPS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS
- Get in shape. Strengthen your core.
- Learn about the terrain.
- Check the weather forecast before you set out.
- Wear proper clothing, and footwear for the anticipated weather conditions, and terrain..
- Carry enough water and food for your trip.
- Don’t hike alone.
- As you ascend, make note of your ability to descend. If you think you won’t be able to navigate the terrain safely on the way down, turn around and go back.
- Study maps of the hiking trails before setting out on your trip.
- Keep in mind that in remote areas, your cell phone is useless.
- Know what type of wildlife you may encounter.
CORE STRENGTH MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE
A strong core prevents falls, by stabilizing your spinal muscles. Instead of landing on your head, back, or knees, you’ll remain upright, whether you’re walking on icy pavement in a city street, or engaged in wilderness sports and recreation activities.
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Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training