The Best Stretches for Hikers

Limber up with these ten essential stretches for hikers.

Need to warm up and stretch your muscles after a snowy winter hike? Certified personal trainer—and, full disclosure, my mother—Donna Dufoe demonstrates some stretches that can be done with the aid of a bench, railing, tree or rock along your hiking path.

Overall, the three most important things to remember are:

  • Find a stable surface before stretching.
  • Don’t ignore pain: If you feel serious pain from hiking or stretching, STOP. A little discomfort is okay, but do not overdo it.
  • Hydrate, breathe and smile