How to get your outside hamstrings to work on a hike!
So you work like a dog all week, and then you want to take advantage of the weekend and get out into the great outdoors. How about a hike? Sounds great! Let’s go!
The next hour is spent picking a spot, searching the basement for a light backpack, then realizing the CamelBack backpack would work great, then trying to get ice into the CamelBack, then grabbing some protein bars and fruit, then packing extra food and water for the dog or the small children or both, then looking for hiking boots, then realizing you’ll need a bigger backpack…. unpack the first and transfer into the bigger one, and oh don’t forget the sunscreen and bandaids in case someone gets a blister. 🙂
All of this, and with a few other details, you can finally get out the door with your various helpers and fellow hikers alongside you in this great adventure.
Shoot, now it’s lunchtime. All of the travelers are beginning to grumble. No problem: we can stop and grab something along the way.
Finally, you get to your trailhead. You begin to hike. You realize your sore calf and plantar fasciitis take a minute to flare, but they are going to get your attention in a big way very quickly.
Darn, you forgot to warmup! Where did the morning go?
Well, I have a solution for at least one of those muscles that might be impacting your calf and foot.
Here is our favorite nutritionist Margaret, when she was coming running with me and realized she was in the same predicament….she hadn’t warmed up much.
Here she is using a bike rack to do the very thing I demonstrate in the following video to get after…wait for it…your outside hamstring!
Have fun with this and let me know in the comments below how you warmup on the fly!