I am not an experienced hiker as of yet, I am a modest beginner with pretty decent research skills. I have been watching dozens of youtube videos, and reading a lot of blogs and magazines, and for me these are a few of the ideas that stood out. I will be adding more thoughts as the year progresses. If you have any ideas, or advice please feel free to leave it in the comments below.
Mental Preparation like watching documentaries and reading books written by people who have hiked the specific trail you are training for to get a better, more realistic view of the trail. You can also tailor this information by looking for someone with a similar background and physical abilities to you. And don’t underestimate the power of contacting former thru-hikers via phone or email. Many are happy to help mentor an aspiring hiker.
Beach Hiking with backpack. It supposed to builds the muscles that protect your knees and ankles. My goal is to add around 2 pounds a month. Hopefully by the end of the year I can handle a 20-30 pound Backpack.
Swimming for additional cardio. Running under water with a rock for lung capacity, and also psychological, and mental fortitude and confidence
Yoga for flexibility and strength
Free weights for focusing on the areas that I need to get stronger for thru hiking.
Pushups, Pull Ups, Hips, Dips
Hikingggg, shakedown hikes with LOTS and lots of hiking with elevation gain in mountainous areas.
Hike with all your gear, just like you will be for your Hike-Thru.