Hiking is a very common summer activity in Rochester, NY. As the weather gets nicer and the foliage and wildlife come into full bloom, many people like to take advantage of the great outdoors. To prepare for a hike you should have the essentials on hand, first aid kit, blanket, snacks, water, etc. These items could come in handy in different sticky situations or in emergencies. 

To carry all these items, you should have a good backpack. There are certain ways to pack the backpack so that the weight is evenly distributed so your shoulders and back aren't forced to overwork. A simple tip is to keep heavy items in the center of the bag and close to your back - this prevents the weight of the items from pulling you backwards and stressing your back. 

After packing your backpack correctly, the next step is to make sure that you’re wearing it correctly. The first easy tip: use both shoulder straps; this isn’t middle school where you think wearing a single strap looks cool (it didn’t). By using both straps, you are evenly distributing the weight of the backpack on your back and shoulders and prevent strains. The next tip is to tighten the shoulder straps so that the bag is snug against your back and on your shoulder blades - not hanging low and on your lower back. This prevents the bag from pulling you down and back and straining your back. 

Once your bag is on correctly and you have all your hiking essentials, you’re ready for your hike! Don’t forget to stop in for an adjustment so that you’re nice and loose to hike those trails. Even if you do everything right, you may still be sore and achy after the hike! Stop in to your favorite Rochester chiropractor, Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic so you can get the most out of your summer!

Ryan Wong

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