Training for walking

Training for walking

Want to know more about the basic training, stretching and recovery you could do, so you don't ache the next day? Or perhaps you want to walk further or faster, take on steep terrain or build up strength - our experts have every angle covered in this section.

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Basic training for walking

Basic training for walking

by Jas Hepburn

This article covers the components of fitness, as well as the fundamental building blocks of good training practice such as warming up, cooling down, stretching and keeping a record of what you do.

Walking further

Walking further

by Dave Hollinger

There's no substitute for walking over longer distances to help you walk further. However, if your time is limited you'll need to use it efficiently to cope with longer days out on the hills. This article describes some of the exercises and techniques you can employ to improve your stamina and endurance.

Walking faster

Walking faster

by Dave Hollinger

Whether it's to get through some uninteresting terrain, avoid bad weather or reach the pub before last orders, it always helps to be able to move up a gear. This article describes some simple exercises to help you pick up your pace to walk a bit faster.

Steep terrain

Steep terrain

by Dave Hollinger

This article looks at various exercises that can be carried out at home, in the gym or outdoors to improve your balance and strength to cope with steeper terrain.

Strength for walking activities

Strength for walking activities

by Jas Hepburn

The basic principles of strength for walking and general mountaineering. Included is a selection of fundamental strength exercises for use at home or in a gym.

Stretching for walkers

Stretching for walkers

by Scott Muir

Stretching is highly beneficial but surprisingly overlooked. In this article Scott Muir looks into the greatly neglected world of stretching and offers some useful stretches that can be done anywhere, at anytime.

Rest and recovery for walkers

Rest and recovery for walkers

by Jas Hepburn

Once you have a good idea about your training plan and are keen to get your body into better shape for some exhilarating days on the hills and mountains, take some time to consider the importance of building rest and recovery into your programme. This article explains why.

Mental skills for walkers

Mental skills for walkers

by Jas Hepburn

Your mental approach is key to success and enjoyment outdoors - whether you are undertaking a long distance walk, bagging a Scottish Munro, tackling a Himalayan giant or trekking across the Rockies.

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