General hiking and trekking tips and exercises

Spending multiple days, hiking or trekking with a backpack, up and down uneven terrain will reward and challenge you in countless ways. From head to toe, you’ll need strength, coupled with a solid level of cardiovascular fitness.

Spending time to get physically prepared is critically important for a more enjoyable journey. You will receive training tips, specific to the challenge you sign up for, in your Trip Planner. If you, however, want to get a jump start on your overall fitness, this great article from the pros at REI will give you good tips and exercises for cardiovascular conditioning, strength, and flexibility. And always consult your doctor before starting a training regimen.