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Hike Forever

The secret to long-term health and fitness? Reap backpacking’s many benefits—a strong heart, lean muscle, superior endurance—through every stage of your life. Here’s how. Read full story

After months of reporting and hounding experts from the University of California to Johns Hopkins University, I wrote this story for BACKPACKER magazine’s June 2009 issue (I’m now assistant editor there). This 10-page guide explains the body’s physiologic changes in four different life stages, as well as common injuries and how to avoid them through a mix of nutrition and exercise. Click here for the online version.


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