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Hiking Training in the Gym (Using Nearly Only Weights)

Hiking training in the gym: it’s an unusual concept considering the best place to train for a hike, or trek, is outdoors. But wait! There’s more to this than meets the eye. I took some advice from Irene, my physiotherapist, and have now adopted a weight training program that not only mimics the way my body moves when hiking, but …

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How Many Calories Burned Walking Or Hiking: A Useful Guide

Have you asked yourself the question, “How many calories burned walking through the mean streets of Thame? (It’s a small market town in the Oxfordshire countryside). Yes? Cool. No? That’s fine, the calorie calculation later in this post gives a good indication of calories burnt for walking, hiking and hillwalking. Dartmoor, in the South West of England: a great place …

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Hillwalking Fitness Tips for the Beginner

Pen Y Fan, Wales. A pretty tough climb, even if you’re already hill fit. I’ve been using this hillwalking fitness tips for beginners guide for a number of years now. The core components have been borrowed from my military training. Some of the more intense training recommendations are based on a very hard course during which I spent many months …

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Intro to Winter Skills in the Cairngorms

I had a good chunk of time off work over the last few weeks and, rather than tending the garden, I decided to spend at least some of it getting outdoors. One of the issues I quickly encountered is that many of the places I might have liked to hike were likely to be covered in snow in late Feb …

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5 tips for coping with rain on multi-day hikes

I’m British, and it’s a sad fact for hikers in the UK that some of the best places here to hike (Wales and Scotland) are also amongst the rainiest. Anyone who wants a decent multi-day hike in the UK, even in the height of summer, is going to have to contend with the very high probability that it will absolutely …

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Don’t make resolutions for the New Year – make habits for life

There’s nothing wrong with New Year’s resolutions – they can be a great way to focus on something you want to achieve for the year ahead and, while dates are of course arbitrary, taking a moment in late December or early January to think about your goals and what you want to achieve is no bad thing. But. There’s a …

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Kit planning for a 3-day off-track hike

At the end of the month, I’m off for a few days hiking on the Isle of Mull. Although we’re not intending to do particularly long distances or demanding hikes, I do have a plan that involves taking a route well off the established trails, and self-supporting for three full days. These two factors alone mean that getting my kit …

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First time marathon tips: A graphic

As we are well into marathon-running season, I am sure that there are some readers who are preparing for their first marathon. A while ago I wrote a blog post with a few tips for making the whole experience a bit easier – not the training and racing itself, but just some logistical things that a lot of people don’t …

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The power of interval training

I’ve mentioned before the danger, as someone who actually enjoys running, that all I will ever do is medium length runs and medium intensity. For me, few things are nicer than a fairly gentle jog of 5-6 miles. Good for the soul, certainly, but actual training value is pretty low. Of course, there’s a place for runs like that – …

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Running safety tips

Running is not exactly an extreme sport, but it has its risks nevertheless, and sometimes it’s easy to forget how vulnerable you are running along country lanes, or running alone in potentially risky areas, especially at night. So, here are a few running safety tips, and some products to consider. Plan your route This is relevant for both avoiding traffic …

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