Warming up is a stage that mustn't be overlooked, even when it comes to hiking.
Its purpose? To gently wake up the body, prepare your joints, muscles and breathing and improve your blood circulation.This means that your body is prepared and there's less chance of injury.
The length of the warm-up session depends on how energetic you're going to be.It can vary from 5 minutes to several tens of minutes, depending on the intensity of your hike.You can begin by walking at a slow pace, followed by a few exercises to work the parts of the body you're going to be using: ankles, calves, knees, back, shoulders and neck.
The same is true when it comes to stretching at the end of your hike.Stretching helps soften the muscles and reduces post-exercise aches and pains!
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