By Athlete's Care on November 10, 2022
Hiking is a rewarding and fun activity that you can take anywhere you go and enjoy all year round – at least potentially. It can also be quite demanding, depending on the terrain. But, don’t let that hold you back.
Hiking also requires:
In other words, you'll need to reach a certain level of fitness to be able to enjoy your hike – both before and after. If you’re just starting out, or getting back into it after a time away, here are some tips on training to work your way up to hiking wherever the passion strikes you, or to keep in hiking shape if you prefer to wait out the winter.
Remember: If you’re just starting to become physically active for the first time, or after a lengthy sedentary period, you should consult your Toronto physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist for an evaluation. They can design a regimen that focuses on your individual areas of interest.
Including specific exercises in your regimen to build the muscles you'll use hiking will bring you closer to your goals when to endurance, speed, and agility.
Think about starting your training 8 weeks before your first major hike.
Strong legs will get you where you want to go when it comes to hiking. One of the easiest ways to help get into hiking shape is by using something almost everyone has access to: stairs.
Some other recommended exercises include:
Building a solid core is also essential. It's crucial when it comes to maintaining balance, and by extension, avoiding injuries. You’ll also need a strong core to support your backpack.
Add an aerobic activity of choice to build cardiovascular capacity, and in a couple of months, you should be able to hit the trails with confidence.
If you need advice on your exercise regimen that’s catered to your condition and lifestyle, our Toronto physiotherapists and other sports medicine specialists are here to help. Call one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics today for a consultation.