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Happy trails: Take a hike, now

May 4, 2021

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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Matthew Solan is the executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. He previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health’s Healthy Years and as a contributor to Duke Medicine’s Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College’s … See Full Bio
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K P Vasudeva Rao
May 12, 2021

A very good article on hiking for good health. Just one thing I wanted to know-How many times in a month should we 🚶‍♂️hike?

May 7, 2021

For hikers: take your trash w/you when you leave, don’t blast your cellphone because you can’t stand to be somewhere for more then 10 minutes w/out your music or podcast or whatever, other people are unlikely to want to hear YOUR stuff or to listen to your cell conversations.
If you bring a dog, keep it leashed unless it really & truly heels well for long periods of time and not just when there are no distractions, like other dogs, birds, and any moving thing. Pick up after your dog, don’t let it harass wildlife, other people, bark incessantly, or charge or lunge at other people–on or off leash. Make sure you bring water for your dog and check it for ticks when you leave.
I was charged by an unleashed German shepherd the other day while on a local hiking path. The owners managed to call it back (TWICE, it got away from them once) before it reached me; they apologized but I’ll probably buy some pepper spray because I’ve had it with feeling threatened by badly or untrained dogs & that I can’t effectively defend myself. Tired of dogs, large & small, who are free to charge me, jump up on me, etc., because the owners can’t bear to keep their dog(s) leashed and “there seem to be few people around so it must be ok to let the dog off lead, right? ” Anything but obedience train their dog or have it trained. It’s definitely not the first time I on my own or I & a dog w/me have been charged by German shepherds (who are usually very trainable & intelligent), dobermans, labs, members of the “pit bull” breeds or mixes–owners clearly know letting their dog off lead is a risk but . . . . they do it anyway.
Don’t take dogs into parks or on beaches that prohibit dogs.
Some people don’t like dogs or are afraid of them–they have just as much right to enjoy a hike in a state or national park or walking on a beach as people w/dogs.

Cathy Kamhi
May 15, 2021

Wow what a grumpy communication.
Even if your suggestions are helpful boy it comes off so whiney. Do you have anything
Positive to say about walking and hiking?

May 4, 2021

I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something concerning this.

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