No, seriously, go outside and take a hike! Today, Tuesday, November 17th, is National Take a Hike Day, which is either about going for an invigorating walk or getting rid of someone who is no longer serving you in your life (and telling them to “get lost.”). I actually think both are healthy options, so interpret as you will, but clearly I’m going with the physical fitness interpretation.
Can’t make it out for a full on hike? No worries! I’m sharing with you a fun and effective exercise you can do to enjoy TAKE A HIKE Day (or anytime for that matter). Yes, there are some burpee elements to this exercise that will work your core and give you a cardiovascular burn, but the key here is really the first big lunge forward – it will truly make your butt and legs feel like you were out for a hike. That means make sure you are stepping FORWARD to lunge (not backward) like you would if you were really hiking. The bigger the step and lunge, the more challenging the exercise becomes.
Would love to hear what you think in the comments below, and of course, please share this with your fitness fanatic friends, especially those who love a good hike.
This is a great total body exercise working legs, butt, core, and shoulders. As you pick up speed, you will also challenge your cardiovascular system
- Take a big step forward with your right foot into a lunge as if you were literally hiking up a hill.
- Take your hands to the slippery ground in front of your right leg.
- Walk your right leg straight back, then the left to meet in plank.
- Walk your left leg forward into a lunge.
- Stand up bringing the feet together.
- Repeat the sequence beginning with a big step forward with your left foot. Continue alternating the move leading right and left for 10 reps total. Rest and repeat 3-4 times. Begin slowly and gradually pick up speed.
(Shout out to my sis for being my fit model!)