Hiking for Runners: Does it Help?

There is a lot of debate in the running community about whether hiking can help improve your running performance. Some runners swear by it, while others think that hiking detracts from their running performance. So, what’s the truth? In this blog post, we will take a look at the evidence and see if hiking can actually help you become a better runner.

One of the main benefits of hiking is that it can help to improve your endurance. If you are constantly running, your body can become accustomed to the activity and you may not be challenging yourself enough. By adding hiking into your training regimen, you will be forcing your body to work a little harder and build up your endurance. In turn, this will make you a better runner.

Another benefit of hiking is that it can help to improve your leg strength. While running primarily works your cardiovascular system, hiking uses more muscles in your legs and helps to build up strength in your lower body. This can be beneficial for runners because it can help to prevent injuries.

Here are some reasons why hiking can help with your running:

  • You can make aerobic gains without risking injury as much.
  • The mental health aspects of being in nature are fantastic decreasing stress and anxiety.
  • You don’t need much if any new gear to start this form of cross training.
  • You will engage different muscle groups that you otherwise would not use.
  • It is good prep for trail running.
  • Hiking helps strengthen your core and other stabilizer muscles that will make you a stronger runner.

So, does hiking help you get better at running? The evidence suggests that it can! If you are looking to improve your endurance and leg strength, then hiking is a great activity to add into your training regimen. Just be sure to start slowly and build up gradually so that you don’t overdo it and injure yourself.

Happy hiking (and running)!

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