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No, you don't have to hang up your pack for good. Recovery is possible, but here's what you have to prioritize before hitting the trails.
From weight changes to growing feet, hiking 2,000 miles can have a big impact on you physically.
Those familiar aches that arise from hauling a heavy pack can force you into bad posture and take all the fun out of hiking. Fight load fatigue by strengthening the muscles that surround your spine, hips, and shoulders
Squats and step-ups aren't targeting your entire gluteus. These three exercises are your key to complete glute strength.
Fend off aches and pains with these hiker-specific exercises.
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Go further, ride better, and have more fun by using science to optimize your cold-weather fueling strategy.
All you need is a pair of dumbbells to prepare your quads, glutes, hamstrings, back, shoulders, and core for ski touring this winter.
Whether you want to hike 25 miles in a day or simply focus on the scenery and not your sore legs, getting fit before you hit the trail will improve your every step. We asked the pros how to get healthy—and stay that way.
Training the calves can reap huge benefits for knee and ankle health. These three calf exercises will help keep your lower body injury-free.
Gauge your cardiovascular fitness to hone in on your training goals.
Creaky joints? Learn how to strengthen your knees with these supine leg lifts, best performed with 3- to 5-pound ankle weights.
It’s not all in the legs. Strengthen your upper body to boost your balance and better control your poles and pack on rough terrain.
This tempo workout strengthens your tendons and ligaments while creating long-lasting muscle endurance for injury-free hiking in season.
An expert personal trainer shares tips on a post-hike recovery regimen that'll keep your trail legs strong.
Use these proven exercises to get in the best hiking shape of your life.
Everyday activities can put a strain on the complex muscles in your shoulder. Give them the care they need with these postures.
Hikers are all about leg strength, but don’t forget about training your arms and shoulders in order to avoid aches on the trail.
Build strength for loaded backpacking hill climbs and descents.
Lingering COVID symptoms—such as fatigue and shortness of breath—can make it hard to hit the trails, even months after getting sick.
Learn to identify, treat, and avoid shin splints for happier hiking.
Your body may have changed during a year of staying home. And even if your physical fitness has remained constant, your neurological connections may have weakened from a lack of stimuli. It’s time to shake off the sluggishness with this workout designed to get your body moving. Include it in your exercise routine every other week.
Your legs are only as strong as your hips when it comes to your comfort on the trails and your form on the slopes.
Turn the relaxation up with these activities to help you make the most of downtime in camp.
Deliberate exercise can help you recover from an injury faster and come back stronger than ever once you’re healed.
Spending too much time in a seated position (hello, desk job) can tighten your hip flexors and lengthen your glutes, robbing them of their power. A weak butt is bad for your performance on the trail and even worse for your ankles, knees, and back. Do this ass-kicking workout from Pete McCall once a week, along with your cardio and strength routine, to train all three glute muscles.
Finding time to train is hard. Get trail-ready while you go about your day with these do-anywhere exercises.
How focused exercise helped one hiker return to the trails without going under the knife.
Hiking muscles feeling rusty? Give them the love they deserve.
Preparing for the Big E took every ounce of dedication I had—but the lessons I learned didn’t stop there.
Suffering a major injury can keep us from fully committing to the things we enjoy. Taking the time to care for yourself pays off.
Go further—and hurt less—with the right preparation for a big trip.
Your feet carry you every step of the way, so don’t neglect them in your training. This workout hits every major muscle group while building foot strength, which improves mobility and balance and safeguards against common injuries. Complete this circuit once a week along with a cardio and strength regimen, and allow yourself at least six weeks to train before a big hike.
Whether it’s a moderate overnight load or 45 pounds of expedition gear, the moment you put on a pack your body must acclimate to additional pressure on your joints, muscles, and spine. Add these exercises to your workout routine to feel like a champ no matter how much you're carrying.
Stay ready for the trails with these simple exercises you can do at home.
Up your fitness the easy way with these simple exercises.
Use pressure-point stretching, known as myofascial release, to loosen key hiking muscles and boost recovery.
The trails are still covered in snow, but it’s not too late to start getting ready for your first thru-hike.
Hike farther, faster, and pain-free with these training tips and exercise.