After Burn: Staying in Shape Off-Trail - Backpacker

After Burn: Staying in Shape Off-Trail

How to keep off what you've hiked off.

We worked with Steve Silberberg of Fatpacking and David Musnick, M.D., co-author of Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness, to create this exclusive plan for burning fat after you return from the trail.

Monday 50-60 minutes on a StairMaster, StepMill, elliptical climber, or Precor AMT. Other cardio machines will do (see page 51 for tips on using incline treadmills), but Musnick likes stairclimbers in particular because they provide a prolonged aerobic workout and use large muscle groups effectively. A loaded backpack is optional on a stairclimber.
Tuesday 30-40 minutes on StairMaster or elliptical climber/20 minutes on elliptical trainer. Resistance training: knee extensions, alternating lunges or walking lunges, seated chest press, seated pull-down, seated row, tricep extension, bicep curl, and abdominal exercises—10-12 reps, 2-3 sets each
Wednesday 50-60 minutes on cardio machines (see Monday). A loaded backpack is optional on a stairclimber.
Repeat Tuesday’s cardio workout. Resistance training (see above)
Repeat Monday’s cardio workout.
Hike three hours at a fast pace.
Resistance training (see above)

[ ] Lose a half pound per week without privation by eating more of the good stuff (vegetables) and less of the bad (high-glycemic potatoes, white rice, and white bread), says Musnick.

[ ] Cut an easy 300 calories a day: Dump soda, fruit juices, and booze—all prime sources for calories without satiation.

[ ] Quell hunger pains with high-protein snacks like a handful of almonds or a mozzarella cheese stick. Silberberg advocates eating small meals five times a day, same as on the trail, to keep blood
sugar—hence energy—constant.

[ ] Eat slowly. “People eat less when they put the utensils down and chew longer,” says Musnick. You also give your stomach a chance to communicate fullness to your brain.

[ ] Treat yourself. Deny intense cravings, and you’ll likely gorge later. “If you really want a chocolate chip cookie, go ahead and eat a couple. Just don’t eat six,” counsels Silberberg.