Health Tip: Prepare for Hiking

(HealthDay News) -- Even hiking to enjoy nature has its rules and safety precautions.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers these tips:

  • Make sure you're in good physical shape before tackling a challenging trail.

  • Tell a friend or family member where you're going and when, so you can be reached in case of emergency.

  • Hike with at least one buddy.

  • Learn to identify and avoid common poisonous plants.

  • Learn the safety and behavior rules that apply to the area where you'll hike.