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Hiking for Health and Fitness

Hiking is a simple and safe way to stay in shape and lose weight. Hiking delivers benefits for both body and mind as you burn calories and reduce stress. Learn about the basics of hiking for fitness and how to prevent and cope with injuries.

Prevent Hiking Injuries
Hiking may not be as intense as some forms of exercise but simple precautions can help reduce the risk of injury.

Balance Training for Hiking
When you're hiking on uneven terrain, good balance can help you improve performance and avoid injuries. Here are some ways that you can develop better balance.

Calorie Calculator
Hiking is an ideal way to lose weight. Check out how many calories your burned on your hike with this easy-to-use calculator.

Improve Your Skiing by Hiking
Hiking is an outstanding way for skiers to stay in shape during the off-season. It can help both leg and core strength so that you're ready for the slopes when the snow starts falling.

Health Benefits of Hiking
From losing weight to improving mental health, hiking delivers a wide range of benefits. Check out this article from the American Hiking Society about the many ways that hiking can help make you a happier and healthier person.

Endomondo For Hikers
Simple and easy-to-use, Endomondo is a helpful and versatile app for hikers.

Rocking Diabetes in the Backcountry
Professional snowboarder Sean Busby is no stranger to a good hiking trail, and he happens to have Type 1 diabetes. In this interview, he shares his tips for staying on top of your diabetes in the backcountry.

How to Get in Shape for Trekking Trips
Q&A with Alicia Zablocki of Mountain Travel Sobek about how to prepare your body for long treks.

How to Get in Shape for Hiking
Want to get ready for a tough hike? Here's how!

Q: How Should I Train for a Long Hike?
Learn how to put together your own training hikes, working toward the goal of a long, tough hike.

Long-Distance Speed-Hiking Records
Check out these speed-hiking records for some crazy, fitness-building inspiration.

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