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by Diane Spicer
If you're searching for hiking research news, heads up:
There are many medical journals specializing in health and fitness
related topics, but not specifically labelled for hikers.
So it may be tough to find pertinent breaking news if you're on the prowl for the latest and greatest research findings for hikers.
And I'm guessing that the latest hiking research news in medical and scientific journals may not be high on your list of "must reads".
There are gold nuggets about hiking nutrition, injury prevention and biomechanics buried in that pile of jargon and statistics which might interest you.
The latest research has a lot to say about what a hiker should be eating and drinking on the trail.
As a human being, your cells are dependent on fuel biomolecules found in your food and beverages.
But there are so many variables to consider when selecting the right nutrients for your hiking body:
to name a few.
So not every research finding will apply to you and your particular hiking style.
Or will it?
It just depends on the bottom line findings.
And to get to those, you might need to wade through a lot of jargon and statistics.
Here's an interesting research question:
How much exercise does a woman need to be "healthy"?
And how should a woman begin to walk every day or go hiking after a long period of inactivity?
This study suggests how sedentary women can gain cardiovascular fitness with brief bouts of exercise, like short hikes.
Have you ever wondered about the effect of outdoor time (specifically trail time) on job satisfaction?
Check out this study on the restorative benefits of hiking, and see if the results apply to your own life.
As you can see, there's a lot of information out there.
It's just a matter of:
1. Having access to it.
2. Understanding medical lingo and statistics.
3. Wanting to share it with other hikers - which is what this website it all about!
My goal is to scour health and medical research results for anything that might help you to:
And then to capsulize the research findings in a fast, easy summary.
I like to break up the summaries by major topics of interest to hikers:
hiking related injuries & healing;
hiker self care strategies that work;
and any other topics you might care to suggest.
Contact me to suggest a topic, and I'll get to work on it right away.
Questions about anything you read in the popular press are also welcome!
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