When trying to develop their fitness for hiking, many hikers like to rely on one thing...
Day after day, they get out in the local neighbourhood or on the treadmill and clock up the miles under their feet.
But, if you are truly looking to develop your fitness and capabilities for the trail, this is a mistake.
Walking is essential and should be a part of any hiker's preparations. It is not the ONLY thing you can be doing.
There are countless other ways to develop your fitness for the trail than just walking.
And today, I want to share with you a few good ideas you can try:
(Please note: this email discusses developing your fitness and conditioning - not strength. Strength training is a whole different subject.)
So you might be asking yourself, why should I bother? Walking is the closest thing I can get to hiking (without actually getting on the trail) - why not just do that?
Well, this is for three big reasons:
So, having a bit of variation in your week can be pretty beneficial!
So if you shouldn't be just walking, what other things can you be doing? Which will still be relevant to helping your hiking?
Well, here is a list of 16 great ideas:
Each of these, in their own way, can be very useful for a hiker to help develop their fitness for the trail.
So, if all you have been doing for your cardio is walking, then maybe try one or two of these ideas.
The change might do you good!
And of course, if you want some personalised help to help get fit, strong and resilient for your adventures, you can check out The Online Summit Program here:
Yours in trekking,
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training for hiking, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training for hiking service created specifically to help hikers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure.