Should You Hike Barefoot?

Humans did it for thousands of years. But is barefoot walking right for you? The experts sound off. Yes, no, maybe. The experts debate the controversial craze. Proponents of barefoot running and hiking—booming in popularity since the 2009 publication of Born to Run—claim that training shoeless builds foot strength and reduces injuries. One outfit, Barefoot…

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The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 50-65

Fight the sedentary lifestyle and get a move on with these exercises and essential skills. Your Body Aging alone does not a weaker person make. A sedentary lifestyle is what really puts the skids on health and well-being. Starting at about age 50, the fight for fitness has one front that you can’t control (age-related muscle…

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The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 18-35

Build your fitness foundation with this essential physiological info, tips on eating right and exercises for staying in prime hiking shape. Your Body At this age, you’re at your physical peak: fast, strong, and quick to recover. That lets you play hard–but without training, you won’t reach your potential or lay a solid foundation for…

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The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 65 & Up

Stay in shape with these workout tips, and advice from a fitness hero. Your Body True: The effects of aging seem to accelerate after 65. Also true: “Walking and moving around is the single most important thing older people can do to extend their life expectancy and remain independent,” says Bill Evans, of the University…

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