Looks like Brooke takes her hike up a notch by going uphill. Here are some tips to keep in mind when following her lead.
- Vary your steps and avoid moving in a straight line for the entire hike. Walk in a zigzag pattern up and down hills, walk sideways, or walk backward, since repetitive motions can lead to pain.
- Stop and take breaks often, and do some hamstring, quad, and calf stretches. If your knees are hurting, elevate your legs for a few minutes, or apply an icepack (keep one in your friends' pack).
- When going downhill, step slowly, and don't be afraid to crouch down and use your hands. The more slowly you move, the less jarring motions you'll feel in your knees.