Stretching isn't just for yogis or gymnasts. In fact many people combine simple athletic or yoga stretches with climbing, mountaineering, skiing and backpacking. Stretching before your hike prepares your muscles, joints and mind. It enables you to have a more enjoyable and safer hike. It doesn't matter if you plan on hiking for three hours or three days, stretching before, after and during your time on the trail can help prevent injuries and keep you feeling your best.
Article Written By Naomi Judd
Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.