Choosing Hiking Boots

Written by Marty Rubenski

If you’ve ever been 5 miles fromrepparttar trailhead with painful blisters, or even a sprained ankle, you will appreciate how much your hiking enjoyment rests literally on your feet. The selection ofrepparttar 143733 correct hiking boots can berepparttar 143734 difference between a great experience and a disaster. The choice ofrepparttar 143735 right pair of boots can add considerably to your comfort and personal safety, especially in rugged or difficult terrain.

Before you start comparingrepparttar 143736 many brands and styles of hiking boot, considerrepparttar 143737 type of terrain and your style of hiking. Do you take extended treks throughrepparttar 143738 mountains or just stroll throughrepparttar 143739 local park or greenbelt? Select a boot based onrepparttar 143740 most difficult terrain you will encounter. Do you carry a heavy pack? The heavierrepparttar 143741 packrepparttar 143742 sturdier boot you will need. Are you an all-weather hiker? Do you need a lightweight breathable fabric or a heaver waterproof material?

Modern hiking boots do not weigh as much as older styles. Lightweight high-tech materials have replacedrepparttar 143743 metal shanks used in older boots and modern fabrics offer many advantages. A lightweight boot can still offer plenty of support and be a lot easier onrepparttar 143744 feet over less rugged trails. Many of today’s top quality lightweight hiking boots offer a Gore-Tex® liner that helps keep water out while still allowing your feet to breath. All-leather boots provide more support thanrepparttar 143745 leather and fabric styles and they are easier to waterproof. They lend themselves to rocky terrain but they are heaver and less flexible. In my experience, leather boots will outlastrepparttar 143746 lighter styles, partly due torepparttar 143747 heavier construction but also due torepparttar 143748 fact that they have less seams which are alwaysrepparttar 143749 weak point in any boot.

How One Person, Namely Me, Could Be a Beginner for 16 Years

Written by Marc David

At 16, like most teens, I had a dream. And that dream was not to by small and skinny anymore. I had seen plenty of bodybuilding magazines and people in really awesome shape and I decided that I wanted that. Not to berepparttar next Arnold but to have some size and be generally fit and strong. But at 16,repparttar 143627 first thing that I did was grab an old Sear weight set and just started doing stuff. Just think about it.

What person just starts downrepparttar 143628 right path to anything? Hardly any of us. The first time we are introduced to structured learning is in kindergarten. That type of learning follows us into grade school, middle school, high school and maybe college. So why is it that so many beginners just "do stuff?" It's not like we are born withrepparttar 143629 instincts to even tie shoes without somebody showing usrepparttar 143630 way.

At 16, I didn't know what to do. I started reading this book by Bob Paris, and some Muscle and Fitness issues. But I knew even then it wasn't natural and that I would never take any drugs to propel myself to what I wanted. Those books had some good stuff in them but it wasn't exactly written for me as a beginner. I almost felt like in order to be in shape and to be big, you just had to be that way naturally. I'll be you can guess what happened next…

I did some more stuff. No structure. In fact, up until I was 27 years old, I basically did what all beginners do. Just stuff. Maybe a heavy bench session here and there, just shooting for whatever reps I could get. No idea what I had to previously. No structured training program and no idea of nutrition other then it's common sense not to eat candy all day and I needed to eat or eat less if I wanted to make changes. Needless to say…

Nothing changed. That's right. Imagine, yourself doing something since you were 16 years old and at age 27 you were "fit" but not really at your goal, not really that big and not anywhere close to what you wanted to accomplish. And yet guys, who worked out maybe 2 years, were exactly where you wanted to be. Moreover… you saw plenty of people cheating their way torepparttar 143631 top. I couldn't even figure out a good diet let along contemplate anything more complex.

Make no mistake… I was frustrated. Andrepparttar 143632 reason I was frustrated for all those years was that I never started out in kindergarten and worked my way up. My point is…

If people take classes to learn another language, and go to school to learn a trade, and pay an instructor to help them drive, what makes working out and obtaining a goal any different? Let me break some news to you.

Eating healthy is NOT common sense. Working out is NOT common sense.

That's right. I said it. The reason I was frustrated was mainly that I thought you just hitrepparttar 143633 weights and got bigger. Trust me, I had some really intense weight sessions. And yet I might have worked at 110% and blew itrepparttar 143634 minute I leftrepparttar 143635 gym.

Okay, so there'srepparttar 143636 beginner who has never worked out but learns about it, getsrepparttar 143637 nutrition down, understands that, finds a training program and starts out. In 2 years, this person is advanced.

Onrepparttar 143638 other hand, there's me, who after 16 years was physically not a beginner but mentally still was a beginner.

Can you see my frustration?

But my problem is your opportunity.

You see, if you knew what I know now, and trust me when I say there's no big secrets, you'd be a beginner for a lot less time. You'd have to work hard but not quite as hard and you'd know why you made some changes and why you didn't.

Here's more,…

My mom used to cook dinners every night. I wanted to get bigger. I just ate enough so I wasn't hungry and that was it. Now that's fine if I wanted to maintain, but here I had an idea and image in my head and couldn't get to it. I had no idea what nutrition really was all about. I didn't know how much I should even eat to get bigger?

That's like getting a destination, no GPS, no map and no directions. How long would it take you to find that town if you just got inrepparttar 143639 car and started driving? After 16 years you might get lucky and find it or you might just be chasingrepparttar 143640 Road to El Dorado.

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