5 Fun Ways to Cross Train For Hiking
Is it too rainy to hike? Inclement weather conditions can quickly turn a fun outing into a miserable and potentially dangerous excursion. If it’s too nasty out to hike, there are still plenty of ways to get your exercise.
1. Go To The Gym
Gyms provide plenty of options for specifically targeted exercise. You have the option to get your heart rate up with a cardio machine like a stationary bike, stair stepper, elliptical, or treadmill. You can lift free weights or use the weight machines. There are always people around to ask about cool new exercises too. Some gyms even have running tracks and courts for sports like basketball and tennis.
2. Take A Studio Class
Studio classes, like yoga, pilates, barre method, dance, karate, kalari and Zumba all give you an excellent workout. All of these classes build strength, flexibility, power, and endurance. Additionally, you are under the tutelage of a certified instructor who knows how to guide you through your exercise without injuring your body.
3. Home Workout Videos
There are tons of options for working out at home. From fad vidoes like T90X to simple at-home yoga classes, you are free to watch and participate in the privacy of your own home. This is the perfect option for those who want to get fit, but are self-conscious about working out near other people.
4. Office Workout
If you’re stuck in the office all day, walk or run up and down the stairs during your breaks. This is a great way to train for hiking as it mimics the mountain climbing aspect. Stairs also build strength and endurance, and with the floor levels being labeled, it is easy for you to gauge your progress and set your own goals.
5. Embrace The Weather
During some seasons, it may be just better to embrace the sports the are only possible during inclement weather. Investing in some warm, waterproof clothes, and a few ski or snowboard lessons is your ticket to fun during the winter. Additionally, the backcountry skiing culture incorporates hiking with your ski or snowboard, so that you can visit remote mountains and ride down them.