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Haute Hiking: The Top Fitness Trend Of 2015

Forget military-style bootcamps, expensive gym memberships and punishing spin sessions: this season’s tipped exercise trend is a walk in the park…

Taking a more holistic approach to exercise, hiking is great for both your body and your mood. There’s a serenity to the outdoors that you just don’t get at the gym and being active outside, whatever the weather, does your spirit good.

The Great Outdoors

Does the term ‘hiking’ conjure up visions of dirt paths, rocky trails, steep climbs and muddy trails? You’re not alone, but you don’t need the countryside on your doorstep to take up hiking. With a sturdy pair of hiking boots you can just as easily explore your own urban area. A sweeping city skyline on the horizon can be every bit as impressive as views across fields or valleys, and urban parkland still promises glimpses of green.

Hiking is all about getting outside, enjoying the surroundings and feeling fit, energised and revitalised. And who knows what you might discover right under your nose?

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Hiking and the Arts

If you’re in need of inspiration, take a peek at Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild. The film adaptation by celebrated British author Nick Hornby is released in cinemas this month, and tells the stirring true story of how Cheryl set out to hike 1100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in America in order to escape the demons of her past.

Another book to look out for is While Wandering by Duncan Minshull. Described as ‘a book to start your heart and feet bearing for the road’, it’s sure to give you all the motivation you need to head out on a hike.

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Hiking and Fitness

You don’t have to set out to complete a marathon just yet (though once you’re hooked you never know!). Just aim for a 30 minute walk every day, keeping the pace brisk, and you could reap the potentially life-saving benefits such as reducing your risk of heart-attacks, stroke and diabetes!  Keep up the pace and you could easily notch up an impressive 14 miles in a week – you can easily squeeze this into your lunch hour!

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Where will your walk take you?

Hiking and Fashion

It’s not just fitness buffs who are being drawn to the hiking trend. Fashion is following suit, and we’re all for a trend that can let us walk straight from office to a peaceful retreat.

The men’s Lumbersexual movement has recently been flirting with bringing the great outdoors to the city, and now women too are getting in on the action.

Hiking boots and gilets are making our most-wanted list this season, and since we’re pretty knowledgeable about at least one of those things, here’s our favourite styles to set off your new hiking hobby on the right foot.

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The Panama Jack Felicia are a waterproof, warmlined pair. Not only practical for hiking, the fur collar adds a fashionable flair – team with jeans for instant city chic.

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We love the colour combination of the Ecco Ulterra hiking boots – their Gore-Tex membrane keeps feet dry whatever the weather, so there’s no excuses for missing your walk!

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The Sally boots by Josef Seibel have fold-over collars, so you can style them according to the day’s ensemble.

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Timberland have long been known as the  go-to brand when seeking a combination a lifestyle-look with all the robust design features that the outdoor life requires. The Earthkeepers Larchmont chukka boots are a rugged pair with structured style that look at home wherever you wear them.

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Aviator sunglasses, aviator jackets and now the Panama Jack Aviator boots; their effortless cool is all there in the name. Warmlined and waterproof, they’ll keep feet cosy, dry and looking fly!

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So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a backpack, fill it with all your necessities and get hiking – both your mind and body will thank you for it!

Do you have a favourite place to hike? What essentials do you always take? Share your hints and tips in the comments! 

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