Hiking Readiness 2023
Supplement to Out There Outdoors May/June Article
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it. - Andy Rooney
Pre-hike checklist: hiking boots and wool socks, favorite trekking poles, 10 essentials, light-weight pack, pocketknife, camera (and many more…) While there may be other preferred odds and ends to include alongside your favorite gear, you're ready to hit the trails, right?
While these essentials are needed for comfort and safety, an often-overlooked 'essential' aspect of hiking and backcountry navigation is ensuring your capacity (i.e. physical fitness) is a good fit for the demands of the trail.
The following 'top-10' activities and exercises will ensure you are improving your endurance, balance, strength, and overall capacity, improving your hiking tolerance and overall enjoyment while on the trail.
A few items for consideration before you begin:
Top 10 Hiking Readiness Exercises (click on the video below to access the entire playlist)
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Joel Sattgast is a physical therapist, performance coach, assistant professor of physical therapy, a Dad, husband, and an athlete. All posts are related to evidence, opinions and thoughts regarding various performance and rehabilitation topics.