Posted on May 5, 2020
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What do you think of hiking as a substitute for PT during the Covid-19 lockdown? Is it as efficient as running and gym PT
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I did a steep but short hike at about 6k ft every week for a few months and it helped to give me the best pt score I ever received.
Use hiking as a supliment to other forms of exercise. Still keep doing the rest of your work out.
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Nothing is a good substitute for running just like nothing is a good substitute for swimming. Running is high impact and stresses your bones and various muscles in a completely different way. Hiking and rucking are great for your health, but won't help you pass the APFT.
Why would you not run because of COVID if you're still able to get outside to hike?
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CW4 Melissa McLawhten
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'Why would you not run because of COVID if you're still able to get outside to hike?"

Because many hiking trails are not safe to run, and also it kind of spoils the hiking experience. So, if one cannot substitute for the other, then maybe you never get to go hiking. There also may not be an outdoor option for running right now in the area SFC lives, and possibly no good indoor option.

Nothing wrong with your answer. It was excellent. Just answering your question. Some folks are really struggling right now. Nevertheless, my advice is to do both, if possible. Add a hike once in a while. But, don't neglect the running.
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It’s a different workout. Don’t exchange one for the other. Just change it up occasionally.

Also there is a big difference between hiking in the mountains in Colorado and hiking in the woods in California.
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Depends on the woods your talking about, we do have the tallest mountain after all.
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Of course. The comment was not all inclusive but referred to the point that not all hikes are equal. PO3 (Join to see)
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SN Adam Wowk
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You want to try hiking in upstate New York in the Adirondacks?
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I’d love to. Never had the opportunity. I enjoy hiking the mountains around Phoenix, even during the heat. SN Adam Wowk
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