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10 Tips for Baby Boomers When Training for a Hike
Hiking can be a great pastime. Not only is it fun, but it gets you out in nature. It can be a great experience for your mind, as well as for your muscles. But if you are not used to hiking and decide you want to take one of any substance, you will need to train for it, baby boomer or not. You wouldn’t start out running a 5K without training, and the same goes for any lengthy or strenuous hikes.
Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when it comes to baby boomers training to take a hike. Whether you are hiking up the Appalachian Trail or the Grand Canyon, you will enjoy it a lot more if you train for it ahead of time.
Make a plan. Just like anything else you want to successfully achieve, start by setting goals.Start small. Take small walks around your community, just to get started.Increase length. Once you are comfortable taking those walks, gradually increase the distance of each of them.Add weights. Usually when you hike you have a backpack or something with you, so add a little weight to your walk.Increase weights. Once you are comfortable, increase the weight a little bit, so you will be used to carrying a backpack.Get vertical. Most hikes are not done on a straight, flat surface. You will want to get vertical, or at least go somewhere where you will get a varied terrain.Strengthen legs. The legs are what will take you through the hike. Focus on strengthening them by doing lunges.Increase cardio. Building up your lungs to withstand the cardio of a lengthy hike is crucial. Work on getting cardio exercise, so you are prepared once you are outdoors.Improve balance. Because the terrain can vary on a hike, it is important to have good balance. Do some exercises that will improve balance, such as Tai Chi or practicing one-legged stances.Focus on stretching. With any exercise, it is important to be sure to stretch properly, before and after the activity.
Along with preparing your body for the hike, you will also want to make sure you have the right gear. Comfortable hiking shoes, a wide brimmed hat, and a belt pack that holds water is ideal. The more preparation you do now to train for your hike, the more likely you will enjoy it, and come home feeling refreshed, rather than wishing you hadn’t gone. Hiking is one of nature’s greatest treats. Start training, and then get outdoors and take a hike!To read more check outwww.boomerfitness.com
July 11, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.
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