Preparing For Your Outdoor Miles
First, it's very important to clear yourself medically before trying a new exercise regime. A visit to your Doctor is your first step. Once your Doctor gives you the go-ahead, put those shoes on and get moving.
Aside from burning a lot of calories and providing allover toning, hiking never gets boring. There are also other benefits such as an overall feeling of happiness. The best way to train for a hike is to hike. But there are exercises you can do that will make your hikes smoother and safer. A strong core is a good place to start as it helps you maintain your posture and maintain stability on the uneven terrain.
Core Exercise Examples:
- Forearm Planks
- Russian Twist
- Side Planks
- Mountain Climbers
- Hip Lifts
- Kneeling Extensions
Balance is also an area that you should work on. Simple exercises that can help strengthen your ankles can prevent sprains on the trail. Writing your ABC's with your feet is a simple exercise you can do while sitting at your desk or watching television. This is the easiest stretch and most effective strengthening exercise for your feet, ankles, and small muscles of the calf.
Balance Training Examples:
- Stand on one leg and hold for 30 seconds. Work your way up to one minute on each leg.
- Balance and catch. Stand on one leg and throw a ball back and forth with a partner.
- On one leg do a half squat with the opposite leg out front.
This will get you started! You will need to incorporate strength training and continue to improve your cardio endurance. We also can't stress enough the importance of a balanced diet and drinking water every day. Don't forget your stretches too!