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Hiking is a full-body fitness endeavor.
Scrambling over boulders, traversing near-vertical climbs, then clamoring back down requires strength, conditioning, cardiovascular and muscular endurance, stability, mobility, flexibility, and symmetry.
It’s not a simple activity—though you already know that if you’re an avid hiker.
“Making sure your body’s prepared requires training each of those different characteristics and attributes to make sure your body is ready to handle the different stresses,” says Joel Seedman, a strength and performance specialist and owner of Advanced Human Performance in Atlanta, GA.