Hiking Adventure! Me vs Blisters

This is the first time in all of my hiking endeavors that I have gotten a blister. I'm not sure what I did differently this time, to deserve a blister, but I don't like them and I don't want another one.

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Blister Causes
When hiking a blister occurs because of repetitive friction. There are other ways that blisters happen but we are talking about hiking in this post. I believe why I got a blister this time is because of my feet getting cold from the snow, and they got a little wet. I was wearing 2 pairs of socks, so they must have been slipping around some.

Blister Prevention.
Reduce friction!
Have properly laced and fitted footwear.
Make sure you break your shoes in before a hike.
Keep clean and dry.
Tape known problem areas.

Treatment After Blister
Essential oils and rest the affected area.
My go to is Lavender and Chamomile mix with Aloe.
Learn about mixing oils here.
This time because I realized I was out of lavender. I used Myrrh, Roman Chamomile, and Tea Tree mixed with coconut oil. Within an hour I could lightly walk on it, and the next morning it was gone. I was so sore from the hike anyway I wasn't up for much walking the rest of the day.

I do not usually pop my blisters, it always makes them hurt more for me, but if you must here are the steps.
Wash hands
Sterilize a needle and prick the blister and squeeze out the fluid.
Do not peel the skin away, it will help protect affected area.
Place a band-aid over your blister.

Now for the fun stuff pictures of our hike! We went to Kamikaze/Teneriffe Falls in North Bend WA.

How do you guys take care of blisters? I would love to hear it, comment below!

Get Fit for Hiking Challenge!

Ok friends, if you are anything like me you can't wait for spring to come so you can get out into nature and get hiking without freezing your tail off. Also if your anything like me you're still carrying around what you enjoyed for Christmas dinner and feel sluggish on the trail. The solution, get fit for hiking challenge!

Challenge Terms
Start with 1 or 2 daily exercises that prepare you for intense hikes.
Increase reps or time every 2 weeks
Add an exercise every 4 weeks
Challenge ends March 20

I am starting with
10 squats
5 burpees
1 min weighted hula hoop

My first goal is to establish a routine. Find out when the best times works for me and so on. That is why I am starting out almost easy. I don't want to get overwhelmed at first with a hard workout and also having to adjust to finding a daily routine as well. You should start where you are comfortable.

I choose squats to build leg strength. this will help me on the long uphill hikes. Burpees, I hate burpees, for the cardio. I find that I have to take frequent breaks holding everyone up to catch my breath. Hula hooping is a fun core workout, it's all about the core right.

If you choose to do this challenge with me feel free to tailor your workout to fit your needs. The whole goal of this challenge is to get us in better shape for the spring hikes. If you are doing this with me and choose to step up your game here are some exercises that will help you out.

Walking Lunge
One Leg Dead Lift
Calf Raises
Balanced Jumps
Side Lunge
Jumping Jacks
Wall Sits

I will post updates in the comment section feel free to do the same, I would love to hear how you are doing, and cheer you on.