Trail Tip: Sudden Stops are Dangerous and Inconsiderate
Do you have hiking buddies who stop suddenly in the trail?
A favorite hiking buddy of mine has a delightful childlike sense of wonder when outdoors - she is a joy to hike with – EXCEPT when I’m directly behind her. She stops suddenly to admire this or to adjust that. Sudden stops on narrow trails, cause everyone behind to stop and wait while she photographs/admires/adjusts, etc. Several times lately, I’ve almost plowed into her.
Sudden stops – especially on the uphill – interrupt a hiker’s rhythm which can interfere with heart rate management. Fat-burning occurs when the heart is elevated for a sustained period of time. Recovery occurs when you stop. Sudden stopping on the trail allows the heart to recover which interferes with fat burning. I hike to exercise, socialize and be outside. Hiking up hill is HARD – especially post-chemo and it’s great (and essential for me) exercise.
I don’t mind slowing down as a way to “wait” while others stop for adjustments, photos, whatever – but I do like to keep moving – even if it’s at a slower pace. This allows me to keep my heart rate elevated and to scout ahead quietly and maybe even see things I might not otherwise see or hear.
Solution – if you’re going to stop in the trail, do it in a place where others can pass. Pick your spot if you can or at least call out that you’re stopping so your buddies behind you have a fair warning.