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One thing I can always count on Nashville for are its nature parks, trails, and outdoorsy things to do. Nashville's nature scene can get even the most introverted, homebody outdoors!

Sade Meeks, MS, RD


One thing I can always count on Nashville for are its nature parks, trails, and outdoorsy things to do. Nashville's nature scene can get even the most introverted, homebody outdoors! I can attest to this because since moving here, I do spend more time outdoors! For instance, I now go on nature walks, explore different trails, or "work from home" at one of the local parks. I'm even amping it up a notch, and I am planning my first Nashville hike! I'm excited because hiking comes with many benefits! It offers you a full-body workout, stress relief, and it is also a great way to meet new people.

The Nashville Hikers are a great testament to how hiking has brought strangers together. Local movers and their love for nature brought them together and created lasting bonds. I met with one of the hikers, Toni Kenion, to get some tips on preparing for my first hike!

Top 10 Things to Bring on Hike

  1. Bug Spray: Nature is home to beautiful scenery, waterfalls, flowers, and bugs! So, it's always a good idea to make sure you're covered with bug spray to avoid pesty creatures.
  2. Water (bottle or camel pack): Some hikes consist of hours of energy exertion. For that reason, it is essential to pack a water bottle or camel pack to keep you hydrated.
  3. Walking Stick: Hikes are literally no walk in the park, so that advanced climbs may require the assistance of walking sticks.
  4. Biodegradable Wipes: There are no portal potties or restrooms in the woods or outdoors, so these wipes come in handy if you have to go if you know what I mean.
  5. Extra Pair of Socks: No worries, if you step in a muddy puddle, clean up nicely with your biodegradable wipes and fresh pair of socks. 6. Water Shoes: At the top of the mountain, there are sometimes waterfalls and rivers. Water shoes are suitable for exploring these scenic parts of nature.
  6. Good Attitude and Positive Vibes: Positivity is essential especially on group hikes. It makes room for even more incredible bonding experiences during your time in nature.
  7. Light Backpack: A lightweight backpack that won't put to much strain on your muscles or back is recommended.
  8. Paracord Survival Bracelet: This is one accessory that will definitely come in handy on your hike. Paracord may look like a rope, but it's not! It is lightweight yet strong and comes in handy for emergencies like starting a fire or creating a rope ladder.
  9. Snacks: This is probably the only item I was prepared with before my conversation with Toni! The dietitian in me knew exactly what types of snacks to pack.

In general, when you are snacking while walking or exercising, you want to choose something that will provide your body with quick fuel! You can divide foods into three types of macronutrients – proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Out of the three, carbohydrates are the food group that will supply you with the quickest energy! Don't get me wrong; I am not recommending you pack a doughnut or snickers on your hiking trail. I recommend choosing carbohydrates that are also packed with vitamins and minerals as well. For instance, fruit makes a great hiking snack- bananas, apples, grapes, something convenient for you that you will also enjoy. If you are not big on fruit, try a nutritious energy bar, rice cakes, or even a pack of peanut butter crackers!

This list was beneficial! Did it help you any? I now feel prepared to go on my first Nashville Hike! Let me know some of your favorite items to bring on your hike.




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