Building Strength for Hiking & Camping

Hiking is one of the best forms of exercise because it provides a long, low-intensity cardio workout. Hiking injuries to knees and ankles are common. Prevent these injuries with a pre-hiking workout to build strength and endurance. Here are a few exercises to start a gradual buildup of strength before your big hike!

Build Ankle Strength with Calf Raises - Image Credit: Backpacker.com Stand with feet shoulder width apart, keeping your knees and back straight. Raise heels off the ground as high as you can and hold the pose for 30 seconds. Return to the floor and rest for 5-10 seconds, then repeat. Do 15 repetitions twice each day.

Build Leg Strength with Squats - Resource Stand straight with feet placed hip-width apart. Keep feet flat on the ground as you lower your hips. Try to keep your knees behind your toes. Lower yourself as far as you can while keeping your spine straight. Repeat 15-25 times two to three times each day.

Do the Superman to Beef Up Your Lower Back - Resource Lay flat on your stomach then lift your arms, chest, legs and feet off the ground. Hold this arched position for 30 seconds and repeat three times each day.

How do you prepare your body for hiking and camping?