The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 35-50

Get ready for the long fitness haul with these skills, workouts, and essential info. The Body Fit hikers in this age range routinely overtake huffing and puffing twentysomethings on big days. That’s because endurance performance reaches its absolute peak in the late 30s. Long-distance runners and most mountaineers achieve their greatest physical potential during this…

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How To Recover Today and Hike Stronger Tomorrow

An expert personal trainer shares tips on a post-hike recovery regimen that’ll keep your trail legs strong. Recover today, hike stronger tomorrow. photo: Image Catalog / Flickr1. Coast into camp to reduce cramps Recovery should start before you reach camp. When you are within 5 to 10 minutes of camp, slow your pace to a lower intensity. This…

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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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