In this article, you will read about the different exercise activities you can do to start your journey to a fitter and slimmer you. You will also get top tips about the exercises.
Hiking on trails and tracks or up a hill is much more fun than pounding the pavements. It is also a massive calorie burner (up to 500 calories per hour) and the varying terrain improves your fitness quicker than walking on the flat.
Wear several thin layers – comprising modern wicking fabrics such as Cool-Max for maximum coolness – rather than one thicker layer. In hot weather wear loose lightweight clothing that is sweat permeable and light-colored. Do not struggle uphill wearing waterproof clothing.
Take a hat to prevent heat loss in the winter, and to protect your head from the sun and prevent overheating in the summer. Walking boots or shoes with molded grip-giving soles are a must if the ground is at all hilly or rough. Fitting should be snug but not overtight (you should be able to wiggle your toes without them touching the front of the boot).
Top hiking tips:
Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed. Look forwards rather than down.
Keep your arms tucked in close to your body.
Concentrate power in your back leg and foot as you push off the ground.
Find a comfortable stride length – keep it short so you won’t rotate through the hips.
Hold your abdominals tight to keep your torso stable and strong.
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