iOS/Android: Hiking is a great way to exercise and explore the outdoors at the same time. ViewRanger is a free app that shows you nearby trails and tells you everything you need to know about them.
Hiking seems easy -- after all it's just walking for a while -- but it can be a big challenge. From varying and sometimes difficult terrain to the fact that you use different muscles for longer periods of time than normal, a good hike takes working up to. Here are three exercises you can do to make sure you're in hiking shape.
The app includes thousands of route guides around the world with detailed topography, difficulty level and total distance so you know exactly what you're getting into before you take a hike. You can save these routes to your account, too, so you can check them out later. Download them and you can even access them offline.
ViewRanger encourages you to create an account so you can save your data and access it later -- you don't have to create one to use it, though. Best of all, the app takes the hike with you so you can track your progress as you go.
It's available for free on iPhone and Android, but you can even check out their online tool if you just want to browse different routes. To check it out for yourself, head to the link below.
ViewRanger [Apple Store]
ViewRanger [Google Play]