3 Leg Exercises to Jumpstart Your Hiking Season

Strengthen your legs for early-season hikes, which often involve postholing in lingering snow up high and crossing run-off swollen rivers down low.
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After a tough day on the legs, Cofield recommends hitting the trifecta of recovery: soft-tissue work, compression, and elevation. “Use a therapy ball for self-massage to help relax the muscles,” she says. Elevate your legs with or without compression socks to decrease swelling and promote circulation. “The best way to recover is to utilize techniques that will offload the tissues and help with the removal of lactic acid that has accumulated as a byproduct of the muscular activity,” she says.