“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.” -Harley King
Trekking, unlike mountaineering, is often seen as a recreational walk. It may be true for a short distance trek, but a long distance journey spreading for several days at high altitudes requires a rather big amount of endurance, whether you are an experienced trekker or not.
Further, good physical preparation makes the journey easier and thus you can enjoy and make the best of your trip.
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In order to be fit for trekking, we suggest you to follow these simple guidelines for 2-3 months:
1 – daily walk for aerobic fitness
Aerobic fitness increases the capability of the heart to supply oxygen and energy to your body. The heart is like any other muscle – it becomes stronger and more efficient after practice.
To make your cardiovascular system stronger, try to walk everyday, at least 5 km, on slopes, up and down hills or stairs.
Then, after one month, try to add 3 times a week jogging and/or cycling or swimming.
Don’t forget to stretch after each training session!
2- Yoga for flexibility, balance and stress relief
There is considerable research that proves the benefit of yoga, demonstrating that it can optimize performance, flexibility, and balance.
Yoga as part of your daily routine can make your muscles stronger and supple. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand and walk.
Numerous studies also show that yoga can help reduce stress and improve your cardio respiratory system through the practice of Pranayama or breathing exercises.
3- Workouts to improve your body strength
In addition to points 1 and 2, certain workouts can help improve your body strength such as basic weight lifting training, squats, and abdominal crush.