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3 Ways To Keep Your Sanity On A Thru-Hike

If you’re gearing up for a long-distance hike, there are ways to prepare your body for the rigors of life on the trail. You dial up your cardio to boost endurance, incorporate resistance training for joint stability and climbing power, and strengthen your core to protect your back and shoulders.

All of that fine-tunes the body, but what do you do to prepare your mind to stay focused and motivated once the novelty of the great outdoors begins to wane? On day one, when your clothes are dry and your canteen is full, you’re thrilled for the adventure ahead. But after days or weeks of bad weather, blisters, gear problems, and the monotony of the hike/eat/sleep/repeat cycle, it becomes harder to keep the stoke up, which you need to persevere when the going gets rough.

Getting in the right frame of mind for a lengthy trek starts long before your expedition starts, and staying there is a skill that takes time and practice to develop. We asked an exercise psychologist and some experienced hikers to weigh in on how to stay centered when a long hike starts to feel endless. Read more…

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