Fall in Vermont is a great time to wander in the woods, enjoy the colors, sounds and smells.
But have you ever encountered a different scene at the summit. Suddenly the weather changes. The ground is frozen and becomes very icy. Oh no!
Just a reminder, most hiking injuries occur while hiking down the trail. Many people think their hike is over and time to go back to their warm home. They lose focus and before they know it, they hit the ground and can not get up. Ugh!
Try putting some hiking poles or trekking poles in your day pack. Adjustable alpine poles help with balance on the slippery trails. Studies indicate they not only help with balance, but they also help decrease the load and pain on your knees. They may actually give you a bit more confidence, which will allow you to get outside more often and improve your fitness.
Do you know that knee pain is the most common hiking injury? Well, again, hiking poles may be the answer to those sore knees.
Remember to tell someone where you plan on going. Pay attention to the time. This time of year the sun sets earlier each day. Bring a snack, water, light and some rain gear. And finally, if you are relying on GPS, then snap a picture of the map prior to your hike in case you lose cell phone reception.
These are just a few reminders from your friends at Green Mt Rehab & Sports Med. Enjoy those Green Mountains!
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