Hiking is more than just a stroll in the woods. It's a tough workout that can tone every inch of your body—with special attention to those abs and legs. These stars know that hiking is also a peaceful alternative to the gym with views you just can't beat.
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The Dancing With the Stars judge told Shape that when she wants to tone up—in addition to visiting SoulCycle or a yoga class—she goes for a long hike. And by the looks of Julianne's Instagram pics, paparazzi shots, and sculpted body, it's working. She's been spotted out on various trails in Los Angeles with her brother Derek, friend Nina Dobrev, fiancé Brooks Laich and, of course, her dogs. (Julianne knows how to looks great even after a sweaty hike. Steal her post-workout beauty tricks and those from other gorgeous stars.)
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Kate Hudson revealed to Shape that for her, working out isn't just about the physical results. "It's important to get oxygen to my brain and feel like my blood is really circulating," she said. "I love skiing, walking, hiking, and especially riding my bike. It makes me feel like I'm a kid again!" So it's no surprise that Kate took to the great outdoors to celebrate her brother's birthday. She captions her Instagram video: "For my brothers 40th we decided to hike from Aspen into Crested Butte. One of the most beautiful hikes I've done. But as they say, it's the people you share these moments with that make it so meaningful." True words, Kate.
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Kourtney has been open about how exercise helps to cope with her anxiety, and hitting a hiking trail is definitely a place of zen for this hot mama. She's taken her son Mason and daughter Penelope along, she's hiked with mom's boyfriend Corey Gamble, and she's so dedicated to being one with nature that she's even hit trails where bears could be hiding!
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Nikki Reed knows how to turn hiking into a perfect date activity too. She often hits the trails with husband Ian Somerhalder, posting shots of the beautiful views they come across. So, not only does this star give us some major exercise goals, view goals, and body goals, she and Ian are giving off some serious relationship goals, too. (Even before the pair tied the knot, Nikki told us her favorite exercises are hiking, water-skiing, and windsurfing, so it's safe to say this chick loves being outside.)
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid
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The squad that hikes together, stays together! Models and BFFs Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid use hiking both as a way to break a sweat and as a way to spend some quality time together. Kendall affectionately captioned this shot "adventures of wigi and wenny."
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Lea Michele's Instagram is filled with inspiring shots of her outside in workout gear, hiking beautiful trails, killing it in spin class, and pushing herself to yoga extremes. She makes it look effortless but has admitted, "Working out for me is something I do when I feel like it. But it's really about feeling good and taking care of my body rather than having to fit into any sort of model or anything like that. I try to eat well, and everything I do is really just to make me feel my best." It's obvious hiking is part of the fitness equation for her, posting shots of her steep climbs or making it a family affair and bringing her dad along for the fun.
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Fans of Vanessa's Instagram feed know she loves a good hike and an even better view (like this one in Sedona). And she's not shy about showing off the abs she's sculpted as a result.
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If you've seen the 2014 movie Wild, you probably already feel like they hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with Reese Witherspoon. But it's not just on the big screen that Reese inspires us to be one with nature. Often using the hashtag #StayWild, it's awesome to see the role that hiking plays in the star's life—she brings her kids along to make memories. She's even made some new four-legged friends while on the trail.