Hiking Balance

Hiking Balance

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As the days warm and the snows melt, more people are hitting the trails for fitness and recreation. Whether you are hoping to hike up Horsetooth Mountain or climb your first 14er, you’ll be crossing uneven terrain where balance is key to avoid twisting your ankle. You’ll want to develop your proprioception through balance exercises to help avoid this common injury by doing the following. Stand on one leg for 15-30 seconds for 2-4 times on each leg. If you need something for balance move to the kitchen counter and let your fingertips barely touch while doing the exercise. When you can maintain your balance without touching and without your body swaying for 30 seconds, close your eyes or stand on a foam mat or cushion and repeat the exercise as these things will increase the challenge. The combination of the strength you build in your ankle and the improved spatial awareness your leg develops will help to keep you hiking through the summer.

If you struggle with hiking, contact us at 970-460-0066 (Loveland/Johnstown/Windsor) or 970-568-8461 (Fort Collins) for a FREE Physical Therapy Consultation.


I completed a six week internship with RMPT, part of which I was with Rob in the Loveland office. Rob is an extremely knowledgeable, professional, and caring DPT. I thoroughly enjoyed my time learning the trade from him. I highly recommend this office for your physical therapy needs. -Chelsey, Loveland (Google Review 5stars)

I recently completed a six week internship with RMPT. I spent most of it with Amie and Jess in the Windsor clinic. They both are extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and well rounded. I highly recommended using RMPT for all of your therapy needs. Chelsey, Windsor (Google Review 5stars)

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