16. Hiking in the morning
If you love to get outdoors in the morning to let the sunlight and air wake me up naturally. Exposure to light first thing in the morning can help regulate your circadian rhythms, which can help you feel naturally energized throughout the day and sleep better at night. Some simple tips for being safe while on a hike before sunrise are to: Take a friend – With fewer people on the trails hiking with a friend may make you feel more comfortable and exposed. Take some water and snacks – You may be beating the heat by hiking in the early morning, but you will still need to hydrate.
Who needs a Stairmaster when you can head up a hill to work those glutes? I promise the view from the top of your hike will beat the view from the Stairmaster any day. No hills nearby? Don’t underestimate the value of uneven terrain in building stabilizer muscles around your feet, ankles, and knees. Worried about toning those arms take along some hiking poles or wear wrist weights. Also not hitting the snooze button is good for mental strength.