There’s no reason not to turn a hike into part trail run. Throw on your running gear and whatever you’d wear on your feet, pack light and then hike some, run some. Pick a steeper and tougher route than you’d normally use for just a run. You’ll be working on your endurance, your footing, finesse and your fitness level simultaneously.
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6. Find a Difficult Route and Use a Hiking Stick
If you’re going on a difficult hike, bring a hiking stick (or better yet, two trekking poles) along with you. You’ll be able to go on a much longer hike than you would normally, without one, you’ll climb steep sections with more ease and it’ll be easier on your knees going downhill.
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7. Take Your Dog
…or if you don’t have one, take your friend's dog. You really start to understand why the canine has become “human’s best friend” when you take one on a trek with you. They love the sense of adventure and they stick with you the entire way…you become a pack. It’s a great bonding experience and, at times, highly entertaining. Just make sure to take proper precautions and preparations for Fido. We take care of them and they take care of us.
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