How long should I hike to lose weight?

How long you need to hike to lose weight will depend on how much weight you want to lose. A general rule of thumb is that you need to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound. So, if you want to lose one pound a week, you need to hike for about 500 minutes (or 8 hours and 20 minutes) each week. Of course, this is just a general guideline and your individual results may vary.

If you’re new to hiking or don’t have a lot of time to spare, start with shorter hikes and gradually work up to longer ones. Remember to focus on enjoying the experience and the scenery rather than on how many calories you’re burning. And always consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

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