By: Steph Figarelle, May 2018Summer hiking in Alaska is one of my favorite physical activities. Spending time outdoors is important for overall health and well-being. Exploring the trails and mountains gives us the opportunity to disconnect from technology, breathe fresh air and discover new things about ourselves. The more physically fit you are, the more capable you are in the wilderness. This not only makes your time spent outdoors more fun, it allows you to handle challenges that may arise in the backcountry. If you’ve been unable to get outside over the winter as much as you would have liked, now is the perfect time to fine tune your fitness in the gym with specific exercises for hiking so you’re ready to get outdoors and enjoy summer hiking in Alaska. It's true that the best way to get in shape for hiking is to get out there and just hike! Unfortunately not everyone spends their winter in the mountains. Many people prefer to hike only in the summer. Warmer temperatures, more daylight, and no snow make the trails and mountains easier to navigate. Winter hiking requires different clothing, safety considerations and inclement weather. For us Alaskans this means no hiking specific activities for roughly 6 months out of the year. For this reason, you may find yourself 'out of shape' once the snow melts and you're ready to head out on the trails. Consider spending at least 8 weeks on core and lower body focused work in the gym, at least 2-3 times a week until you're ready to spend more time in the mountains. This will make hiking more enjoyable and it will reduce your risk of getting injured. While there are endless exercises you can do in the gym to help prepare you for the mountains, here are a few of my favorite exercises for hiking: Summer Hiking in Alaska at its best. PC of Steph Figarelle.
- Half-Kneeling Pallof Press
- Quadruped Shoulder Taps
laStart on all fours with your core tight. Elevate your knees 1-2 inches above the ground and stabilize yourself, putting equal pressure through both hands and both feet.
- Landmine Reverse Lunges (Alternating)
- The Bulgarian Split Squat
- The Landmine Squat
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I live outside of Fairbanks and prefer to hike the neighborhood gravel roads all winter long…that way my feet are in shape for hiking and I can fine-tune my packpack all winter long.
Missy Skeeter April 17, 2021