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Backpacking Fitness

Hiking Exercises: Iron Out Your Core

Get core strength with this key exercise.

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By fortifying your abs, hips, and back, you can carry heavy loads easily.

The exercise Lie on your belly, then pop onto your elbows and toes. Hold this “plank” pose for five breaths and lower (eight to 12 reps, three sets).

Variation Work the obliques: Rotate 180 degrees up into a sideplank (elbow straight under shoulder).

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Illustrations by Bryon Thompson