Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, the information on these pages is gathered from my own experience, books, websites, and other people's experience. I will not be held responsible for any injury resulting from this information. If you have a medical condition, you should seek qualified medical advice and supervision at all times.
Hiking is a great form of exercise, providing photo opportunities in the 'great outdoors'. Perhaps if you have allergies, this may not be the best for you. Even when chronically ill, short walks around easy paths are excellent to build endurance, strength. Over time, longer hikes may be attempted.
Obviously, if you are unfit or unwell, long hikes, or ones that require a lot of equipment should not be attempted. Gear-addicts can easily go overboard with hiking packs and accessories, but the one essential piece of 'gear' is a good pair of hiking shoes. Easier walks on well maintained trails may be able to be done with trainers (sneakers).
Smart phone apps can use GPS to track your hikes and show you maps in case you get lost! It's good motivation to see just how far you have walked. Some even provide photo capabilities, attaching your photos to the trail. Most have a web app where you can see and compare your hikes, and become friends with other hikers.
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