Millions of hikers head to local and foreign trails every year without completing a hiking training program. This can lead to confusion, injury, and other related issues no one wants to deal with. For eager hikers looking to head to a nearby trail, it’s time to understand the nuances of this process and how to make the most of it. By training and following a detailed hiking training program, it’s easier to manage any issues that pop up on the trial. This read will look at what it takes to train the right way.
1) Use the Right Equipment
The right equipment is just as important as anything else. This means picking the right boots (with grip), trekking poles, and a robust backpack. This will ensure everything is compact, lightweight, and easy to manage in all conditions. Without the right equipment, hiking can become impossible to manage and that’s the last thing anyone needs.
2) Build Leg Strength
The training program has to include the use of leg exercises (squats, burpees, lunges). This is a great way to build up strength in the legs. Without leg strength, it’s near impossible to hike with any success as fatigue will settle in quickly. Instead of letting fatigue become a major issue, it’s best to build up leg strength with the use of these exercises. Do them once every 2-3 days for maximum results and start as early as possible (1-2 months before).
3) Add Walking To Daily Regimen
Walking is the name of the game when it comes to building up leg strength and cardiovascular durability. Too many people don’t realize the stress of hiking and the amount of pressure it can put on the lungs and heart. Walking is a must for the body to get used to this level of physical duress. Walk for at least a mile every day to gain maximum results and make sure to walk uphill and downhill too.
4) Practice with Filled Backpack
While walking is ideal, it has to be done by mimicking the situation one would face during a hiking session. For example, one would walk with a filled backpack and this has to be included in the program. Always train with the backpack on and make sure to ensure it doesn’t sway. Adjust the straps so it fits snugly against the body while walking/jogging/running.
5) Look To Create “Mock” Runs
The idea is to reimagine the hiking trail at home. This can be done on a treadmill by using the incline feature or at a local hill. The goal is to focus on what one would find while hiking from place to place. Without this level of training, the trail might end up becoming a real challenge. It’s best to start early and create mock runs as a way to get on top of things. This will ensure a person is not left surprised as soon as they are on rough terrain.
This is what a quality training program will encompass and it’s best to follow it in detail. Those who are not following a program will be the ones that are left surprised, confused, and challenged as soon as they head to a local/foreign trail. Pay attention to this information and use it as a way to prepare properly.