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10 Feb 2004

Fitness for hiking<br>
I normally cycle (stationary) & gym a bit & have decided to start hiking again after a 6 year break (waiting for my boy to get old enough to join in)

Thought i might look 4 a fitness progr spesifically for hiking but dont seem to find something of the sort (apart from articles bout what boots to buy & to start walking)

Surely someone must have thought about creating a fitness regime especially to get you fit for hiking?

any ideas plz?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Hillbilly

I would suspect that the reason there are no specific programmes is because hiking is not a sport that requires a particularly distinct fitness programme - that is, hiking requires a good deal of fitness, but it's fitness that's not unlike the sort you would require for running and walking. So, the training programme you require would just be a modification on the classic running or walking programmes. Obviously, the main difference between running and hiking is the terrain and also the equipment - that's why it would be beneficial to do walks/jogs off road occasionally, and also to go out on weekends and do specific 'rehersal' walks where you pack a bag and build up the distance. Say for example you are planning a 3 day hike consisting of 15 km per day - about 5 or 6 weeks before, you would start building up by doing 5 or 6 km walks with your equipment. Adding on about 1 or 2 km per week to this one walk would bring you to 16 km or so by the week before the hike, and then you would be ready to take on the hike itself, if you follow my logic. So, basically, what you need is a walking/jogging programme where you are exercising throughout the week (building up a basic level of fitness), and then on weekends, get out and do practice walks, with equipment and learn to spend the time on your feet.

So, for a walking or running programme, check out the Get Sporty link from the Health 24 Fitness page, where you will find advice on running - you can just modify it to suit your time constraints and your needs.

GOod luck
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