I have just started walking and can do 3-5 miles without any problems. The difficulty starts with hills, I have a hard time climbing. So how do I build up my stamina. I realize nothing happens overnight…
We are heading to Nova Scotia in October and I would like to be in a little better shape by then.
Keep up the great job, and thanks for your help,
You are right – nothing happens overnight, but it is definitely possible to have much better stamina!
A reader asked a similar question in the past, and here’s what I wrote for him: Training for A High Altitude Hike. The altitude part isn’t relevant for your trip to Nova Scotia, but the training is.
The best way to train for hiking is by hiking 🙂 Walk/hike at least 1-2 times per week, and try to find fun hikes near you that have some hills. Just take it slow so you don’t strain any muscles before your trip! You will slowly build up stamina. Take the stairs instead of elevators; walk as much as you can; and be sure to stretch afterwards (or do pilates/yoga if you like either of those).
Another exercise to incorporate is calf raises. This will help you strengthen your lower legs, which will be very helpful in getting up hills! Place either one or both of your hands against a wall, and raise up and down on your tip toes. Doing a few sets of 10 or so each day will strengthen your calves fast!
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