BoneSmart Pilates® Exercises for Hiking!
After a long hike, do you experience muscle cramps, soreness, tightness, blisters…? Do you want more confidence in taking on a rigorous hike?
Click Here to see some key hip and leg strengthening moves as well as stretches you won’t want to miss.
Here are some tips (in addition to the hat, sunscreen and snacks) to remember next time you go for a long hike.
- Wear supportive hiking shoes that go over your ankles
- Use silk socks under your hiking socks to avoid blisters (I learned the hard way)
- Clip your toenails short before your hike (With the steep descent, I lost 3 nails because I didn’t)
- Next time I’m going to try trekking poles to integrate upper and lower body work
- In addition to staying hydrated and stretching pre and post hike, a potassium supplement can help ward off muscle cramps (worked for me)
- The top of Half Dome involves climbing up the iconic rock face along a cable ladder for more than 400 vertical feet. My tip? Don’t look down as you ascend and on the descent, go down backwards! At the summit-relish the views, it’s so worth it!