Time: 40 minutes
For many people, hiking means that you are going up a mountainside and conquering some epic peak. While “uphill” is not in the definition of hiking, reaching the top of a trail and surveying the world below you can be a great workout, as well as incredibly satisfying. Here is a beginner uphill hike to get you started. Who knows? Soon you might be climbing to the top of Mt. Everest.
A Beginner Uphill Hike Workout
- Distance: Pick a 2 mile round-trip route. This means you will be hiking one mile uphill, and one mile downhill
- Warm up: Do 25 jumping jacks and a quick stretching sequence to get your blood flowing.
- Pace: Try and keep your pace brisk on the uphill, and leisurely on the downhill, about half an hour each way. A note about hiking downhill- actively bend your knees and land softly with each downhill step to avoid injuring your joints. This will also give your quads and hamstrings an extra workout.
- Load: Pack light for your first uphill hike. Hiking at an incline will naturally make you want to lean forward, so whatever weight is on your back will give you an added workout (and potential strain).
New to hiking? Get informed with this guide to hiking for beginners.