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Hiking shape is different for each person — and dog
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Hiking shape is different for each person — and dog

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There’s this term I keep hearing from friends when I ask them to go for walks in the woods.

“I’m not really in hiking shape.”

Nearing 50 years old, I know I’m a shape, or rather a mishmash of various shapes, but in what shape must one be to go hiking?

I’ve been in a better state of fitness at times in my life. A lifelong athlete, I’ve played team sports, run the Windermere half-marathon twice — at no record speed, mind you — and spent my share of time in a weight room.

Lately, though, I’ve found myself beaten up by hiking the local trails.

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