When you hike, do you find yourself looking down? Some body language experts say that looking down while walking is a sign of low confidence, depression or being defensive.
Harvard University says it’s better for your health if you keep your “eyes up.”
According to the Ivy League university, if you’re looking down at your feet, you’re putting unnecessary stress on your upper back and neck. They say you should keep your eyes up, straighten your spine and bring your gaze 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. You can read Harvard’s walking tips here.
Of course, it’s important to also look down while you’re hiking. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 3 million reported falls a year, thousands that result in death.
Pay attention to the terrain, especially if there is snow, ice or mud. Consider using walking poles because they can help you maintain good posture while staying balanced and stable on uneven terrain. And don’t forget to slow down and look for the “little things.” Tiny animal tracks are a delight to behold and winter is the perfect time to marvel at the intricacy of old bird nests and paper wasp nests.
We hope you are staying safe while hiking the trails! Let us “see what you see.” If you share pictures on social media, be sure to tag your post with #815Outside.