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Just curious to know, which of you guys have a fitness regimen for backpacking trips? If you do, do you take into account periodization and peaking for your trip?
Everyone is well aware of this whole ultralight backpacking trend, carrying less weight will let you hike further and enjoy the scenery without fatigue. Lightweight backpacking is an awesome thing, and I always try to get the lightest gear possible, but there is another factor that comes into play also, good physical conditioning!
I've done martial arts, and I work out regularly so I tend to always be in good shape. I notice that when I go backpacking with my wife, brother, sister, friend, etc... I end up carrying the larger share of the gear, even when taking into account body frame and weight, sometimes I actually end up having two backpacks, one on my back and one in the front.
For people who go on a trip just about every week this might not seem like a big deal, but if you live the urban lifestyle, working at an office, hitting up the gym once a month, I believe it to be very beneficial to get on a workout regimen a month or two prior to the trip, on top of lightweight gear and a good backpacking diet, but even so, it's also important to peak at the date of the trip, so you are in top physical condition and not sore from the regular exercises.
I've seen other posts that vaguely talk about the subject, but I would like people to get into more detailed here, yeah you should jog and walk up and down the stairs if you are going to climb a mountain, but if you are doing that the day before the trip all it will do is get you even more tired and out of shape for your adventures =)