When it comes to Training For A Trek, getting some hiking time under your boots is absolutely essential! This is the single best thing you can do to prepare your body and mind for the uneven, undulating and unpredictable nature of the trail.
However for many, the luxury of finding new and exciting trails to hit each week seems like a distant dream. And for convenience sake, you might find it much more practical to simply repeat the sames over and over and over again...
And if this is you, don't worry! This can be a perfectly valid method of training. You just have to be smart about it...
Hiking is an absolutely fantastic activity to take part in. It is a great form of exercise, gets you out in some incredible scenery and is even an incredibly positive thing to do for mental health.
But one common issue that many hikers face, is it can often lead to some pretty sore muscles the day(s) after. And while this is bad enough if you are simply day-hiking, it is even worse if you are doing a multi-day hike or trek!
Trekking isn't a walk in the park. It is a challenge worth taking seriously! And you need to ensure you are doing the right things in your preparation to get yourself ready!
Below, is a quick list of 10 things EVERY trekker needs in their preparation. So you can be sure you are ticking off all the boxes, and you are giving yourself the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure!
Mental Strength is an incredibly important part of any successful hiking and trekking adventure. But while some people seem to be born with this mental 'toughness' , they are in the lucky minority...
If you are trying to Get Fit For Trekking it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly you should be doing. And there is SO much information out there, it can get incredibly confusing!
Lower back pain is an incredibly common issue for hikers and trekkers.
Long hours on your feet, heavy packs and our modern lifestyle is a perfect perfect recipe for pain. And while back pain is an incredibly complex subject and everyone has their own root causes of this issue, which should always be diagnosed and treated by a physio...
There are a number of things which just about every trekker can do to help their pain...
Do you want to know How To Train For A Heavy Pack? This is one of the most common questions I hear from hikers and trekkers. But unfortunately (like many things in the hiking world) the usual advice isn't much help...
Common answers like 'go hiking with a backpack', 'build up slow' and 'get your pack fitted' are really nothing more then common sense. And in my eyes, they don't do much to solve the actual problem...
The goal of this article is go beyond the generic answers that have been shared hundreds of times and give you some genuine and practical strategies to help you best prepare for the rigors of heavy pack hiking.
Strength training should be part of every hikers and trekkers training. It is an incredibly effective tool to help prevent injury, improve movement efficiency and increase confidence on the trail!
However if you are not a lifelong trainer, coming up with your own strength training workouts can be a bit intimidating...
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Used by yogis for centuries, abdominal breathing is an incredibly useful tool for Altitude Trekking. Not only can it help improve your performance on the mountain, but it can reduce stress and increase comfort while trekking. It is a skill that all trekkers should learn, practice and master.
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training hikers, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training service created specifically to help trekkers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful bucket list adventure.