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Preparing for Your Hiking Trip

Hiking season is now here, and if you are as excited as us to get and explore the Alberta mountains, then be sure to keep reading as we talk about how you can prepare for your upcoming trip.

1. Assess Your Fitness Level:

Hiking can be demanding, especially if you are planning long hikes or challenging terrains. Start by incorporating cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises into your routine. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to build endurance and strengthen your muscles.

Make sure when it comes time for your trip, you are choosing trails that align with your current fitness level.

2. Strengthen Your Core:

Like with many activities, when it comes to hiking, your core muscles play a big role in stability and engaging in core-strengthening exercises can significantly improve your performance.

If you are unsure about where to start, a physiotherapist can guide you through a personalized core-strengthening program to target specific muscle groups and enhance your overall stability.

3. Focus on Lower Body Strength:

To prepare for the demands of hiking, incorporate exercises that target your lower body. Squats, lunges, calf raises, and step-ups are some examples of effective exercises to strengthen the lower body muscles. Additionally, balance and stability exercises, such as single-leg and lateral movements, can help prevent sprains and strains.

4. Wear Proper Footwear:

Look for footwear that provides ample ankle support, has good traction, and fits well. Consult a professional footwear specialist to ensure you select the right footwear for your specific needs and the outings you are planning.

5. Pack Light, But Essential:

Pack light to reduce the strain on your body. Distribute weight evenly in your backpack and use proper packing techniques to minimize unnecessary stress on your back and shoulders. Carry only essential items, such as water, snacks, a first aid kit, navigation tools, and appropriate clothing. Remember, a lighter pack will make your hike more enjoyable and less taxing on your body.


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