|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – October 2007
Recover from high-mileage days with these before-and-after stretches.
1. Leg swings
Prepare your hamstrings and quads to propel you forward.
Stand with hips level, gripping a tree at your side for support. Balance on the leg nearest the tree, and lock your other leg. Go
Swing your locked leg as far forward as is comfortable, then swing it back behind your body. Swing 10 times per leg.
2. Calf stretch
Climb steep trails faster by increasing the flexibility of your calves.
Crouch down so that your knees are in ready-to-sprint position with your fingers and palms resting on the ground. Go
Lower one heel, locking and extending the leg. Hold the stretch for 1 second. Switch legs. Do 30 reps.