From your muscles to your meal planning, all it takes is a little fitness to make your hikes longer, better, and more fun than ever.
Whether you want to hike 25 miles in a day or simply focus on the scenery and not your sore legs, getting fit before you hit the trail will improve your every step. We recruited trainers, physiologists, doctors, and dietitians to create an unprecedented guide for backpackers of all levels to raise their game. Follow their advice, then follow our directions to epic routes and reap the rewards.
Motivated? Find more exercises and fitness tips in our Backpacking Fitness section.