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Do you always lead the way in a group of hikers? Do others have difficulty keeping up? Do you enjoy giving it your all on short but intense climbs to reach a stunning view over the surrounding mountains? If you enjoy surpassing yourself and feeling your muscles heat up on climbs, but won’t run because you want to protect your joints or are recovering from an injury, you may already be speed hiking (also known as fast hiking) without even knowing it.
If you’ve not tried speed hiking but want to make the most of your holiday in the mountains and surpass yourself without harming your body, give it a go this summer, it’s great for all ages. You can only benefit from it!
Speed hiking is very different from your average stroll. You can set yourself increasingly difficult challenges and exceed your limits –: you will get your adrenalin pumping and feel satisfied with your efforts without harming your body. You’ve already bought what you need from the trail running department of your favourite store to improve your performance? Bear in mind that running shoes have very different cushioning capacities to walking shoes. Opt for ultra-light speed hiking shoes with optimum foot roll, all-terrain soles and cushioning capacities designed for walking.
Finally, if, like many of us, you find you’ve never enough time to do the hundreds of things you want to do, make the most of your holidays or a weekend to go speed hiking in the morning and enjoy being with your family and cultural visits in the afternoon. It’s an opportunity to not only improve your health but also enjoy stunning views and a well-deserved rest at the end of the day.