Regular walking can definitely help with training for hiking. And if you can carry a backpack with a few pounds in it on those walks, it can really help make hiking 'feel' more normal.
In terms of strength training for hiking, I do: * barefoot calf raises (really strengthens the foot and ankle, and gives good protection against sprains and rollovers, and helps you keep your balance on uneven surfaces * squats - helps you power up steep hills * planks - helps with core strength and the extra strength required to carry a pack.
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63 6/10/13 3:07 P
Thanks for the tips guys! I actually live on the top of a really nasty hill that has a few flatter parts that I sometimes take when I walk home from errands. My goal right now is to be able to walk up the evil incline for the nastier part of the huge hill. I live right by the Sound and there are TONS of hills and a nice little hiking trail to the beach at the bottom of it. Will go out walking more and keep doing the bikini workout. Any other tips? The Body Glide one I got here for chafing worked wonders by the way. Hooray!
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1,090 6/10/13 1:00 P
LEC- I totally agree about the out and backs! My husband thinks I'm crazy because I also planned my running routes specifically so I wouldn't have to just stop and turn around randomly.
What keeps me going in new scenery. Walking/running/ hiking in the same areas gets boring to me pretty quickly. As far as training goes, you could do multiple loops of the shorter trails you're doing. You could also pack a bunch of items into a backpack to carry with you. I've actually run into a few people doing this near my house (middle of suburbia, not mountains )practicing for backpacking trips. I'm glad you found an exercise you like! I love hiking and would go more often if I were closer to places I could hike!
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2,415 6/10/13 11:46 A
I hike a bunch and nothing saps my motivation like an out and back trip. I always plan routes that are loops or mostly loops because I want to see different scenery, not the same scenery twice. That being said, I definitely scout out the trail beforehand via topo maps so I know exactly what I'm getting myself into in terms of hills and distance. Build up gradually so you don't put yourself in a position where you need to be rescued.
For training for bigger hikes, keep working on the smaller trails and when you feel ready, take a little longer trail and continue to progress upward towards longer distances. Go by how you feel and how your fitness improves as you move your way to longer trails. If you want to train for hiking without hiking on a trail, walking can help, especially if you have hills. That can help you build up your endurance for your hikes and allow your body to adapt to various distances.
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63 6/9/13 10:16 P
So I just went and walked a 1.5 mile trail out and back up and down hills with my husband and the endorphins hit me afterwards like a freight train. I think that aaaah and the beauty of my area (I live in the Pacific Northwest so we have a ton of hiking trails) are really what are motivation to keep moving. So for my fellow hikers, what keeps you going? Any tips for training locally for bigger hikes without a gym membership?
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