Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT South Bound Brook, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in South Bound Brook, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
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Good morning, New Jersey! Here's what you need to know before you leave for your Tuesday morning commute.Good morning, New Jersey Patch readers! Here are the latest traffic updates that will impact your travel on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Traffic Updates North JerseyAs of 8:17 a.m., there's a disabled vehicle on I-80 eastbound Exit 35 - Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township. 1 center lane closed.As of 8:07 a.m., there's a crash on the Garden State Parkway southbound Exit 142...
Good morning, New Jersey Patch readers! Here are the latest traffic updates that will impact your travel on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
As of 8:17 a.m., there's a disabled vehicle on I-80 eastbound Exit 35 - Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township. 1 center lane closed.
As of 8:07 a.m., there's a crash on the Garden State Parkway southbound Exit 142 - A - I-78 East in Hillside. Right shoulder blocked.
As of 7:38 a.m., there's a gas main break on NJ 28 in both directions on the Garden State Parkway in Cranford. All lanes closed.
As of 7:36 a.m., there's a vehicle fire on NJ 17 northbound Moonachie Avenue in Wood Ridge. 2 right lanes closed.
As of 7:14 a.m., there's a crash on I-78 local lanes westbound Exit 51 - Burnett Avenue in Union Township. 1 left lane closed.
As of 5:55 a.m., there's an overturned tractor trailer on NJ 15 southbound ramp to westbound I-80 in Rockaway Township. All lanes closed.
As of 8:10 a.m., there are delays on I-78 eastbound approaching east of Exit 24 - CR 523/Oldwick Road in Tewksbury.
As of 7:02 a.m., there's a crash on NJ 18 northbound CR 527/Old Bridge Turnpike/Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick. 1 left lane closed.
As of 6:27 a.m., there's a crash on NJ 33 westbound Perrineville Road/Prodelin Way in Monroe Township. All lanes closed and detoured.
As of 5:39 a.m., there's debris reported on the Garden State Parkway southbound north of Exit 131 - A- Wood Avenue South in Woodbridge.
As of 5:04 a.m., there's construction on NJ 42 southbound from south of Exit 10B - CR 681/Lower Landing Road to Exit 10A - NJ 168/Black Horse Pike in Gloucester. All lanes shift until 11:59 p.m. on July 1.
Raritan Valley Line rail service is subject to up to 15-minute delays in both directions due to a Norfolk Southern pedestrian strike near Bound Brook.
North Jersey Coast Line and Northeast Corridor NJ Transit lines are under temporary schedule adjustments are in effect for the next six to eight weeks to accommodate major repair work to the Laurel Avenue Bridge in Holmdel. See here for updated timetables.
All other NJ Transit train lines are running on or close to schedule.
Expect cloudy skies and temperatures into the 60s this afternoon, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Scattered showers and light drizzle are possible for areas in South Jersey after 10 a.m.
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BOUND BROOK – With just four years to go before the United States Semiquincentennial, the 245th commemoration of the Battle of Bound Brook this weekend takes on added significance.The two-day living history program in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook on both sides of the Raritan River has a wide range of activities from a reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle to a pub crawl.During the weekend, the Abraham Staats house on Von Steuben Lane in South Bound Brook will host the encampment. The grounds are ...
BOUND BROOK – With just four years to go before the United States Semiquincentennial, the 245th commemoration of the Battle of Bound Brook this weekend takes on added significance.
The two-day living history program in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook on both sides of the Raritan River has a wide range of activities from a reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle to a pub crawl.
During the weekend, the Abraham Staats house on Von Steuben Lane in South Bound Brook will host the encampment. The grounds are free, but there is $5 fee for admission to the house and a tour, with children 12 and under admitted for free.
Saturday's encampment begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Hours of the encampment on Sunday are the same.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, there will be a street battle reenactment at the Old Stone Arch Bridge on South Main Street in Bound Brook on the approach to the Queen's Bridge.
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday there will be another street battle reenactment on Main Street in South Bound Brook from Weston Canal Road to Maple Avenue.
The reenactors will conduct soldiers drills at the Staats House at 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be another battle reenactment at the Staats House at 2:30 p.m.
Robert A. Mayers, author of "Middlebook: The Revolutionary Campground That Saved America," will give a talk at the Staats House.
In addition to the encampment and reenactment, the weekend will have a full schedule of other events:
On April 13, 1777, a four-column force of 4,000 British Crown troops led by Lord Charles Cornwallis attacked a small American garrison of about 500 commanded by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln in Bound Brook. In the surprise attack, an advance column led by Hessian Jaeger scouts fighting for the British were pinned down by Colonial soldiers who put up a spirited resistance at the Old Stone Arch Bridge located near the Queen’s Bridge.
The skirmish bought precious time for the bulk of the American force in Bound Brook as British forces poured into the area. When a second column of 1,000 British soldiers charged over the Queen’s Bridge to attack, the Colonials retreated, escaping the trap.
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Hunterdon County Season in Review, 2022Hunterdon CentralThe Red Devils went 2-10 on the season, but such is life in the Delaware Division of the Skyland Conference. Pingry finished the year as the No. 3 team in the NJ.com Top 20 while Hillsborough was inside the rankings as well. Bridgewater-Raritan began the year in the Top 20, too.But while Hunterdon Central finished last in place in the division, it did capture the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament for the ninth year in a row. Central has won 17 count...
The Red Devils went 2-10 on the season, but such is life in the Delaware Division of the Skyland Conference. Pingry finished the year as the No. 3 team in the NJ.com Top 20 while Hillsborough was inside the rankings as well. Bridgewater-Raritan began the year in the Top 20, too.
But while Hunterdon Central finished last in place in the division, it did capture the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament for the ninth year in a row. Central has won 17 county crowns dating back to the first-ever one in 1997 when it just featured Hunterdon and Warren Counties.
Central tallied 23 points and had players at all five finals where it won three of them. Second singles Sean Berlin, third singles Aryan Verma, and second doubles Luke Bokach and Kailash Vemuri all won at their respective positions. First singles Alex Takacs and first doubles Jacob Silber and Keshav Viradia made the final round in their flight.
After a close 3-2 loss to Ridge in the season opener, Hunterdon Central nabbed its first win by defeating nearby North Hunterdon, 5-0. Then came the tough stretch of divisional and cross-divisional foes that Central had to face. With the help of power points, Hunterdon Central still made the state team Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament where it blanked Old Bridge on the road, 5-0. Central then fell to the sectional champs, Group 4 winners, and Tournament of Champions finalist, East Brunswick, in the quarterfinals.
Based on UTR, Hunterdon Central had a solid lineup with Takacs having UTR of 6.61, Berlin with a 6.56, and Verma at 5.16.
Viradia also has a doubles UTR of 5.16 and Brent Doherty, who he mostly teamed up with, has a UTR of 5.28. Silber (4.57), Bokach (4.22), and Vemuri (3.88) rounded out the rest of the doubles starters. Fox Schreiber saw time in five second doubles matches, too.
Berlin, during team play, won five times, Verma totaled three wins, Bokach, Viradia, and Doherty won twice at second doubles, Takacs recorded two wins at first singles,
Takacs, Vemuri, Berlin, Shrieber, and Surya Narla are all seniors. Look for Verma, a sophomore, to potentially handle first singles duties next spring.
North Hunterdon had rough go of it in 2022 on the courts. The Lions won 5-0 over Warren Hills in the second match of the season, and then beat Bound Brook in early May, 5-0, for their two victories this past season. North Hunterdon went 2-14, but still managed to make the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament where it fell to Middletown South on the road.
North Hunterdon came in fifth place at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament tallying 13 points. Vasu Baskaran won his first round match at second singles before losing to Berlin. Ryan Tipping at third singles also was victorious in his initial match of the match of the tournament. Verma ousted him in the quarterfinals. The same thing happened at second doubles where Justus French and Tyler Brittain won their first round match, but lost to the eventual flight champions, Bokach and Vemuri.
During the regular season, Baskaran won three matches, first singles Joe Benson notched two victories, Brittain and French together won twice, first doubles Jordan Pai and Sohan Sondhi also won twice as a duo, Tipping recorded three wins,
Baskaran, Benson, and Tipping are all seniors.
The Vikings of Voorhees finished above .500 at 10-6 overall this past spring. They finished tied for second in the Valley Division of the Skyland Conference with a 5-3 mark in divisional play with Franklin. Bernards, which won the Group 1 championship, came in first.
Speaking of Bernards, Voorhees lost to the Mountaineers in the season-opener before Voorhees won its first match against Bound Brook. It then won the next two of three veruss Somerville and Warren Hills before close 3-2 defeats to Franklin and Phillipsburg.
The Vikings then topped North Plainfield before running into Bernards again. After the second Bernards battle, Voorhees won the last five matches of the regular season, and then carried that momentum in the playoffs. The Vikings shut out Nutley, 5-0, in the first round of the North 2, Group 2 tournament. West Essex sent Voorhees home in the quarterfinals, however.
At the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament, Voorhees took third only behind Hunterdon Central and Sparta with 15 points.
Josh White and Billy McGlynn won the first doubles title by upsetting Central’s Viradia and Silber in the final. Third singles Owen Pierro also notched a win in the tournament as did second doubles Michael Bradow and Ryan Valenta.
After the season was complete, McGlynn and White to go along with Thomas Larsen and Briain Duval were each named Second Team All-Valley Division of the Skyland Conference.
Bradow and Valenta won six matches with one another at second doubles, Duval and Larsen went 5-1 at doubles, McGlynn and White went a whopping 10-3, Pierro had five victories, first singles Luca Slomczewski posted six wins, and Troy Thompson at second singles earned five wins as well.
Looking ahead, Voorhees will have to replace Duval, Larsen, McGlynn, Thompson, and White.
S-Alex Takacs, Hunterdon Central, Sr.
S-Sean Berlin, Hunterdon Central, Sr.
S-Aryan Verma, Hunterdon Central, So.
D-Bill McGlynn, Sr., and Josh White, Sr., Voorhees
D-Keshav Viradia, Jr., and Brent Doherty, So., Hunterdon Central
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We live in a society where judgement of others takes place in more than just a courtroom, it occurs in schools, businesses, social media, and anywhere people have turned off the light switch to their good hearts and become shadowed with an intolerance for others.People take sides be it politics, how and who you vote for, what kind of food you make, or something else like it's a group of 6th graders trying to figure out who to put on their kickball team at recess.If you have a different opinion than someone, certain people in so...
We live in a society where judgement of others takes place in more than just a courtroom, it occurs in schools, businesses, social media, and anywhere people have turned off the light switch to their good hearts and become shadowed with an intolerance for others.
People take sides be it politics, how and who you vote for, what kind of food you make, or something else like it's a group of 6th graders trying to figure out who to put on their kickball team at recess.
If you have a different opinion than someone, certain people in society will scrutinize you for feeling a different.
If someone is devout in their faith, they are judged and made fun of, if someone has a different religion, they are judged and mocked as well.
There are so many examples of hate and division that mirror what storm clouds look like just when it's about to pour.
"Somebody asked me, what's the biggest challenge that law enforcement faces, and I honestly think, it's division," Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer tells Townsquare Media News. "Right now, the culture is that we're so fascinated with picking sides and who's on what team and who's on the other side and you're not on my team -- and as I go around the state and I go around the county -- we have a tremendous amount of community outreach and we try to get in with our faith leaders, we try to be at barbecues and founders days and town picnics -- what I find is that are citizens are more alike than they are not alike, we have more in common than we have not in common."
There has been such a rise in recent years of hate crimes and bias incidents statewide with Ocean County near the top in New Jersey.
"There's such a stigma related around bias incidents and in New Jersey, statewide, we have had a 400-percent increase in the last six-years -- that's an alarming rate," Billhimer said.
The OCPO has put together a number of campaigns with the message of standing up to hate and loving thy neighbor.
One of the ways they've reached out to the communities in Ocean County is by visiting schools.
"We go to the elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and the thing that I notice, in elementary schools, is that the kids are more pure, they don't have any hate for anybody," Billhimer said. "What we're seeing is that hate is a learned trait and something that they're developing over time. I think that if we can try and educate our kids, through the school system, I think we're all going to be in a better position."
One of the reasons, small part, for the rise in bias incidents is the fact that more people are starting to report them.
"We want people to report them so that we can investigate them and so that we can develop the data that we need," Billhimer said. "Once somebody is in the system for a bias incident, than we know that there's a certain predilection towards that behavior and we can track that. We want people to come forward, and it's not always easy, I think people are reticent to come forward because they're afraid of retaliation."
Look inside your soul and you'll find the childlike innocence and love for fellow man is in there and wants to help make people happy.
You can listen to the full conversation Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer had with myself and Dave Crossan on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on Sunday on 94.3ThePoint and 105.7TheHawk, by going right here.
Most people in our state tend to travel in a pretty small circle of their own area. One reason is our population density and the fact that you can find anything you want or need very close to where you live or work. New Jersey not only has a diversity of population but landscape and scenery as well.From the northwest corner to the southeast corner, it's a completely different state.Most everyone knows about our great shoreline with its diverse little towns, many with boardwalks and attractions and some with stately mansions rig...
Most people in our state tend to travel in a pretty small circle of their own area. One reason is our population density and the fact that you can find anything you want or need very close to where you live or work. New Jersey not only has a diversity of population but landscape and scenery as well.
From the northwest corner to the southeast corner, it's a completely different state.
Most everyone knows about our great shoreline with its diverse little towns, many with boardwalks and attractions and some with stately mansions right on the beach. Yet there are some, albeit rare, stretches of the beach where there's nothing but wildlife and sand.
Here are a half dozen places that most people wouldn't imagine when they think of New Jersey.
Each of the spots should be on any New Jerseyan's list of must-see places in our state. Every one of them is so unique and different and they are especially outside the box when it comes to what you think of seeing when you're in New Jersey.
Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.
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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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