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Backpacking Fitness

Get Fit for Backpacking Now

From your muscles to your meal planning, all it takes is a little fitness to make your hikes longer, better, and more fun than ever.

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Whether you want to hike 25 miles in a day or simply focus on the scenery and not your sore legs, getting fit before you hit the trail will improve your every step. We recruited trainers, physiologists, doctors, and dietitians to create an unprecedented guide for backpackers of all levels to raise their game. Follow their advice, then follow our directions to epic routes and reap the rewards.

Get Fit for Backpacking Now: Legs

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To reach the best places in the backcountry, you have to rely on your own two feet. Read the Full Article

Get Fit for Backpacking Now: Core

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The muscles of your torso and back work hard to carry the load comfortably mile after mile. Read the Full Article

Get Fit for Backpacking Now: Arms

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Recruit your arms to overcome terrain challenges or just give the legs a break. Read the Full Article

Get Fit for Backpacking Now: Cardio

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Oxygen feeds your muscles. Manage your heart rate and breathing and you can hike (almost) forever. Read the Full Article

Get Fit for Backpacking Now: Nutrition

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All calories are not created equal. Learn the right way to fuel your big-mile ambitions. Read the Full Article

Motivated? Find more exercises and fitness tips in our Backpacking Fitness section.