|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – April 2008
Get ready for spring with 3 joint-specific routines.
No matter how many sets of Wii tennis you played this winter, most indoor workouts can't replicate the conditions of an actual trail. Make sure your first hike is a safe one with these three drills designed to protect your joints from early-season injuries. For added realism, exercise in your hiking boots. High-tops might turn heads at the gym, but they could keep you from turning an ankle.
Over-developed quads can stress knees. This exercise builds muscles to protect this joint.
Overlay two jump ropes to create a plus sign (+) on the floor. Visualize the bottom right space as 1, and the other spaces as 2, 3, and 4, counter-clockwise. Step into space 1. Keeping your feet together, make a two-footed leap from square 1 to 2, then count up, jumping into 3, 4, and back to 1 in rapid succession. Repeat the pattern for 2 minutes.
Side-to-side leaps add corrective power to muscles that surround your knee, minimizing the impact on your ligaments.