What is Trekking? Trekking is nothing but walking towards your destination. So trekking is not at all difficult if you know to walk. The average human walking speed is 5kms per hour. Although it depends on many factors such as height, weight, age, surface, terrain, effort and fitness. Are we all able to walk or trek anything close to 5kms per hour? How can one improve the speed of trekking? It can be done through maintaining your fitness.
Are you making a sudden plan on going on a trek this weekend and are you not sure about your fitness for the trek? Do not worry. This blog is all about how to get fit for a weekend Trek. Here are few tips:
Train yourself mentally: As soon as you choose a place to trek, it is obvious that we all keep a check on what is the distance of trekking. Sometimes when we just see the distance like 12kms or 15kms, we give up then and there saying you cannot do it which is your first failure. Prepare your mind-set in such a way that all you see when you close your eyes is the view from the top but not the tough trails. After all where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Be prepared: If you have gone on few treks before and you are healthy or if it is your first trek with less altitude, training yourself prior 3-4 days before the trek is good enough. But if you are planning on a trek with high altitude, then at least 2 weeks of fitness training is needed. If you are a last moment trek planner and haven’t prepared yourself physically, then we recommend you to take a small trek. For high altitude treks like Himalayan treks, fitness trainings for months is needed.
Exercises that helps you for Trekking: Leg strengthening exercises like brisk walking, jogging, running are the main exercises which will help you to keep fit for trekking. Also exercises that strengthen your hips are to be practiced as you will be carrying your backpack.
Breathing: It is important that you practice certain breathing exercises. Breathe from nose as much as possible rather than through mouth. While trekking always breath through nose as mouth breathing doesn’t warm and moisturize air as efficiently as nose breathing so the air is more likely to irritate your lungs which causes tiredness.
Hydration: Keep yourself hydrated always as dehydration can affect heart health. When our bodies become dehydrated our blood becomes thicker and restricts the blood flow. Every cell and tissue in your body need water to function properly.
Follow a diet: Along with all the exercises, proper diet should also be given to your body. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, quality protein, whole grains and fresh nuts are encouraged.
Rest: Enough of rest should be given to your body before trekking. If you are planning for days together of trek, then you might not have the luxury to rest properly at proper places so resting enough before trekking is important.
The fitter you are, the more you can trek. Your physical strength or stamina should not be a restriction for your trek. Above mentioned are simple tips which is easier for everyone to follow. Get yourself fit for the treks and if you are planning for long treks, plan it ahead and take time for yourself to get fit. However the goal is to reach the destination by enjoying the beauty, wonderful sites and experiences throughout. Happy Trekking!
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