10 Reasons Why Backpacking Should Be Considered A Legitimate Sport

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What makes a sport, a sport? We’re always told to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising but the truth is, it takes a lot of motivation for many of us to put on our sports gears and head out to the gym or park to burn some calories. However, there’s one activity we can all agree to love – travelling – and it’s certainly quite an experience to remember when we step out of our comfort zone and try backpacking.

Although backpacking may not have made it into the World Olympics quite yet, here are 10 reasons why it should, at the very least, be considered a legitimate sport. After all, if extreme ironing can make it into the official sporting list (yes, it’s true), why can’t backpacking too?

1. Backpacking is basically weightlifting

In an ideal world, your backpack shouldn’t weigh more than around 20 per cent of your total body weight. With that said, we’re always inclined to squeeze in as many items we might need just in case the occasion calls. This is where backpacking becomes weightlifting – you’re simply swapping traditional weights for something with pockets and straps.

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