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.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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