Trail Fitness Tips: Cross-Training While Hiking
New season, new reason to get out there and get after it. Do you embrace the fall chill with a new fitness routine? We asked our KEEN TrailFit Ambassadors for their fall fitness go-tos—from workout to wardrobe to what they eat to power through it all.
HOW DO YOU WORK IT?
It’s a fun challenge to incorporate additional workouts on the trail. My go-tos are standing lunges while I take a trail-side water break, push-ups off tree stumps, and standing yoga poses to take in the epic vistas. It’s way more fun to get creative with working out in nature than going to a gym!
Do this workout x 3 between trail time!
10 tree pushups
15 standing lunges each leg
1 min Tree pose
HOW DO YOU FUEL IT?
Snacks. I am a huge fan of snacks. In the morning before I head out on the trail or for a surf, I try to keep things light and healthy. First, I’ll take a shot of apple cider vinegar with a tall glass of water, then usually a slice of gluten-free toast with avocado, olive oil, cracked pepper, and cherry tomatoes. During workouts, I’ll take some energy chews, such as Clif® Bloks, dried bananas, and pistachios for instant energy, plus lots and lots of water. For after a big sweat, my favorite recovery treat is a protein smoothie with banana, coconut milk, cashew butter, blueberries, spinach, hemp hearts, and maca powder. Delish!
Dried bananas with almond butter
HOW DO YOU WEAR IT?
As the seasons start to transition, it’s all about the layering. I usually rock a tank top with a zippered, breathable layer on top. Plus moisture-wicking shorts and my favorite: tall socks +
Terradoras . It helps to keep a windbreaker or light puffy jacket in your backpack, too, just in case the weather decides to shift.
When she’s not exploring the trails and waves surrounding her new home of Los Angeles, KEEN TrailFitTM Ambassador Meg Haywood Sullivan travels the world documenting music, culture, snow sports, and the outdoors. For more adventure inspiration, follow Meg on Instagram at @meg_haywoodsullivan
WOMEN'S-SPECIFIC FIT IN VENTED, WATERPROOF, OR KNIT