filed under: health and social benefits
This study evaluated pack weight to understand the limits of long-term load carriage. Participants were Appalachian Trail hikers who attempted to complete the entire trail in the 2012 season.
This study examines pack weights and how it affects a hiker’s ability to complete a long distance trail, such as the Appalachian Trail (AT). This study also reviews injuries sustained in previous studies by AT hikers and attempts to provide additional data for this domain. The factors that can influence a hiker’s endurance are also explored. The primary focus of the study was to collect survey-based data from hikers to identify pack-load limits for long-distance hikes like the AT based on pack weight and load percentages of total body weight.
Published June 2013
Hiking is widely recognized as one of the healthiest hobbies anyone can have, and for a good reason too. When we break it down to plain physics, walking activates most muscle groups, which not only keeps us in shape but also conditions us to become more resilient to all bodily ailments and harms.
This second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides science-based guidance to help people ages 3 years and older improve their health through participation in regular physical activity.
This manuscript explains how mountain biking is related to public health and the issues underlying trail access in the United States.
In recent years, competitive mountain biking has attracted the interest of sport scientists, and a small but growing number of physiological studies have been published. The aim of this review is to provide a synthesis of this literature and directions for future research.