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There is nothing worse than trudging up a gorgeous mountain only to have your lack of physical shape getting in your way. Instead of enjoying nature, you find yourself huffing and puffing, unable to take in the hike because of your weak body. Yuck!
Hiking is all about cardio, lower body strength, and core body strength, so any work-outs you can do to combine those three elements together will be your best friend.
Running is an all around great workout, combining both lower body strength training with high intensity cardio.
I’ve become a huge fan of interval running, in which I sprint 100% for 20 or 30 seconds and then walk for 30. Repeat that for 20-30 minutes and you will be well on your way.
Jogging or long distance running is another option, a somewhat lower intensity workout, but great for steady long distance hiking.
Indoors Interval Cardio Workouts
If you’re anything like me, and the freezing weather has been keeping you indoors, turning to indoor cardio workouts is a fantastic option.
I’m a huge fan of the fitness blender 20-minute cardio workouts:
Yes, yoga. As we all know, yoga pinpoints every single muscle in your body, making it a GREAT option for strength training. Somewhat lower intensity for cardio, it’s great to pair yoga strength training with a bit of cardio.
I’m in love with Tara Stiles’ strength training videos:
What do you do to get in shape for hiking?