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11/23/14 1:01 P

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Some other leg exercises you could do:

Lunges, walking lunges

step ups, bodyweight or weighted. You can do step-ups onto an unstable surface, this really gets the accessory balance muscles/nerves activated, and is really helpful for hiking on uneven terrain.

The best training for hiking is, of course, hiking. If you want to get into backpacking you may want to hike more with the pack on, start weighting it, and gradually increase the weight in the pack.



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11/23/14 6:55 A

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Some strength training will also help your hiking preparation.

* Calf raises strengthen the ankle and help prevent sprains and rollovers - doing them barefoot helps strengthen the muscles in the foot, as well as helping your balance.
* Squats to help power you up the hills
* Planks to build core strength to help support a pack.

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Hiking Preparation

There are two reasons to prepare for hiking. Either you are just starting back into hiking and need to get going or you are training for a big backpacking trek. Both needs have similar preparatory guidelines, with the backpacking event needing a bit more focus.
You really need to prepare three areas before you go out on a serious hike:

Hiking muscles - all your leg muscles plus your core body support. Arms and upper body are not that important for hiking.

Cardiopulmonary - your lungs and heart need to be fit to supply your body with adequate oxygen.

Gear - your feet need to be comfortable with your boots and your hips and shoulders with your pack.

Be a Turtle - start slow and build gradually.

Here's a sample schedule for someone in good health just starting to hike:

Day Miles Minutes
1 1/2 15
2 3/4 20
3 1 25
4 0 rest
5 2 45
6 2 40
7 0 rest
8 2 40
9 3 60
10 0 rest
11 3 60
12 3 60
In two weeks, taking it slowly, you can be on a routine that provides you with recommended amounts of physical exercise using a gradual increase in distance and exertion.

This information is from the HIKING DUDE for the preparatory guidelines see: www.hikingdude.com/hiking-training.p
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The Gym Free Fitness Plan:

www.backpacker.com/skills/fitness/ma
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What Resources or Recommendations can you make that might be helpful to others in reference to getting in-shape enough for Hiking?

I like this short list of simple starter ideas:

Take the stairs whenever possible
Walk instead of drive
Ride a Bike
Jog to get in shape for Backpacking

These ideas came from:
www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/cond
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