Hiking – a great way to exercise

Hiking is a fantastic workout for burning calories and building..

Hiking – a great way to exercise

Hiking is a fantastic workout for burning calories and building muscles and often times you can even forget completely that you are technically exercising. In this article you will find calories burned by weight, learn what muscles are used most during mountaineering, and even pick up a few exercises that will help you push through your next outing.

Hiking builds multiple components of fitness simultaneously, predominantly cardiovascular health and strength – especially of the lower body.

Remember there’s nothing better than getting out in the great outdoors in some fresh mountain air! 

What Muscles are Used When Hiking?

Hiking up hills or mountainsides is hard work, and it engages multiple muscle groups in tandem, all while burning a serious number of calories and increasing your aerobic threshold. Here are the muscles used most strenuously:

• Glutes
• Quadriceps
• Hamstrings
• Calves
• Abdominals
• Lower Back
• Obliques
• Ankle and Knee Complex
• Inside and Outside Thigh

To burn even more calories and to engage the upper body further, consider walking with hiking poles, and think about carrying a bag, that will engage your shoulders and back.

Calories Burned Hiking

How many calories does it burn? The exact number depends on a extensive set of bodily variables, including but definitely not limited to your weight, muscle content, and current fitness level.

Environmental factors will also affect how many calories are burned, such as the incline of your hike, whether or not you are packing weight (and how much your pack weighs), the speed you maintain during your trek, weather conditions, and more.

Weight (lbs)..………………..Calories Burned Hiking
90 ………………………………………….324
100…………………………………………356
110…………………………………………393
120…………………………………………426
130…………………………………………466
140…………………………………………503
150…………………………………………537
160…………………………………………577
170…………………………………………610
180…………………………………………644
190…………………………………………675
200…………………………………………717
210…………………………………………748


These calorie calculations are based off of a trip that involves covering mountains and/or hills.

Exercises & Training

Cardiovascular endurance is a huge necessity for this outdoor sport, especially if the distance you are covering involves a steep or steady incline. Putting yourself through hiking preparation workouts on the stair climber, or walking on incline on the treadmill at the gym are both good ways to prep your body for the challenge.

You can also use a workout in a safe, controlled environment on the treadmill to get an idea of how long of a distance you can comfortably cover before you start to feel too exhausted; useful information that can help you pick the distance and elevation of your trip before you’re actually on the trail.

Strength training is also imperative to well rounded fitness. This Fitness Blender 1000 Rep Workout is a great example of a routine that boosts both your muscle content and your endurance. Other good things to look out for in hiking workouts are ones built with exercises to build lower body and core strength, especially.

Tip – Watch out for the humidity levels when hiking depending on the weather they can reach 90% + take plenty of fluid’s you don’t want to get dehydrated.  

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Other Benefits of this hobby

Aside from burning a great deal of calories and providing allover toning, hiking never gets boring. The last place you want to spend the day when it’s nice outside is inside the gym on a treadmill (especially here in England -we don’t get a lot of warm sunny days). The next time the weather is good and you want to get in a good workout, skip the gym and go out and explore some of your local trails.

 

Important – If your going hiking alone, tell someone where your going, even go as far as checking in same time every morning depending on how long your going for.

 

We have done our very own hiking trip you can find all our pictures on Facebook and on our website. We have even wrote an article covering all the basics of hiking – Click Here

 

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Daniel Messer, RNutr, CPT

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  1. Avatar
    Claire Martins
    November 14, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    I will be going hiking when i get a free weekend all over body workout for the price of parking and all those calories burnt as well cant wait!

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    Simon Hughes
    November 15, 2014 - 3:45 am

    Great articles, got some great tips from this. can’t wait for the weather to pick up so i can go hiking!!

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