NM-Aggie wrote:Has anyone done any research into swimming as a way of conditioning for hiking and/or climbing?
I've been trying to get in 1-mile, 3 times a week. Swimming is the best way I know of for increasing lung capacity.
Haven't done any research on it, but I know it helps with my hiking...
I think swimming is excellent cross training. I do two miles of swimming a week. *Nothing* builds the lung capacity like swimming IMHO.
So I say go for it! But as stated above, be sure to do weight-bearing cardio in addition to build the muscles you'll actually be using while hiking.