Exercises to Improve Your Hiking Abilities

While hiking is an easy activity that almost anyone can pick up, it is better to start slowly. Begin with short hikes and gradually increase your stride, pace, and length of the hike. While building up your stamina, there are five exercises that are crucial to your success as a hiker that can easily be done at home: squats, lunges, planks, skipping, and downward-facing dog.

Squats

Begin a squat by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Begin to squat down until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Make sure your knees stay in line with your toes, your bottom is pushed out, and your back is straight. Push back up to finish the squat. Repeat 3 repetitions of 10–12 squats each.

Lunges

Planks

Skipping

Downward Facing Dog

Originally published at https://andrewelsoffer.net on June 8, 2021.

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Andrew Elsoffer is a soccer coach, community leader, and outdoorsman. Learn more @ AndrewElsoffer.org.

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Andrew Elsoffer is a soccer coach, community leader, and outdoorsman. Learn more @ AndrewElsoffer.org.