During the fall months, the weather cools off and the trees start to change colors. Fall is the perfect time to start hiking. Which is why I designed this ‘at home’ workout to help you become a better hiker.
I think hiking is a great workout for PCOS. Scientific studies suggest that outdoor exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression (a common issue for cysters). Plus you can invite friends to join you. Social support is an often overlooked part of a PCOS treatment plan.
Recently, my friend Brittany flew in to Costa Rica to pay us a visit (where Colin and I are living at the time of this post). I was so excited to see her and share the beautiful country with my friend. We planned an ambitious day trip to the Poas Volcano National Park and the La Paz Waterfall. Our excursion involved two different treks – one to get a view of the volcano and the other a climb to the top of the La Paz waterfall, which I know would involve several winding flights of stairs.
After an active and exciting day with my friend, I slept very well. But, the next morning, I woke up to a set of incredibly sore legs. My muscle soreness was the result of the body performing a skill it’s not used to performing – climbing up steep hills and stairs all afternoon. My regular workouts had been designed to help keep me lean, strong, energized and healthy, but not to make me a great hiker.
After my adventure with Brittany, I decided to create a workout that would specifically improve hiking skills. My mom was coming in for a visit in a few weeks and I didn’t want a reoccurrence of my post-hike leg soreness.
There weren’t any hiking trails near my casa, so I selected a combination of exercises that would mimic hiking. This workout is designed to increase your muscular endurance while allowing you to practice the skills of climbing hills, stepping up inclines, and balancing – and you can do it at home!
I added this workout into my routine twice a week. When my mom and I did the same hiking trip together, I woke up the next day with absolutely no muscle soreness.