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How to prepare your fitness for your hiking holiday

As with any type of activity-based holiday, it’s important you are prepared physically for your adventure as the better you are fitness-wise, the more enjoyable the whole experience will be – the last thing you want is to not complete the challenge due to not having trained enough! 

If you have recently booked yourself a hiking holiday, the sooner you start preparing for it the better. By training in advance, you give yourself plenty of time to build a solid base of fitness and it will build up the excitement for when the trip comes around. 

There are many ways to prepare your fitness for your hike. Like running a marathon, regularly hiking is a good place to start. The more you hike, the better your body will adapt to the conditions and different terrains. Then there is the gym, cardio training will be helpful and so will weight lifting as this will build up muscles in your legs and core strength. 

To help prepare you for your hiking holiday, we have put together our guide on fitness tips. 

Hike regularly 

If you are running a marathon, taking part in a triathlon or a cycling challenge, one of the best ways to get fitter is to simply do the activity. The more you run, swim, or cycle the better you are going to be on event day. The same can be said for hiking, to build up your fitness, go on regular hikes. Try and go on an adventure once or twice a week and test yourself on different terrains and longer distances. The more regularly you hike the more experience you will gain and the better you will perform. 

Strength training 

An area of your fitness that you should work on is your strength. Along with your stamina, you want your muscles to be strong enough that they can power through any hard parts of your hike, such as a high incline. With this in mind, you should be working on your leg muscles by doing squats, leg presses and deadlifts. Your calves should also be a focus of your workout by doing calf raises and you should factor in some core exercises. Our advice would be to reach out to a PT within your gym as they should be able to put you on a dedicated training program to help you improve.

Cardio training 

Along with strength training and hiking regularly, you should put in some time for cardio training. Cardio training will help you go the distance on your hike and operate at a quicker pace, without tiring as quickly. You can run, cycle, use a rowing machine or swim as part of your cardio training program. Swimming has a lower impact on your body, whilst running can be a lot on your legs, so it’s good to vary your workouts. Remember, if you are working out a lot, make sure you have rest days to help you recover and repair as your muscles will be working a lot. 

What tips would you suggest to someone looking to work on their fitness for a hiking holiday? Which of the above tips did you find most useful? Is there anything missing in our guide that you think we should be adding? Let us know in the comment box below.