In this article, Summit Strength coach Andrea explores her strategies and tips to help keep your training up when you are stuck in lockdown.
How To Train For Hiking At HOme
This morning, I woke to a news headline telling me that Melburnians will have endured 185 days of lockdown by next week since the pandemic began. This is effectively six months of restrictions in order to bring this beast under control.
For most of those 185 days, Melburnians have been restricted to being permitted to exercise only within a 5km radius from home and for just one hour a day. We currently enjoy a hefty two hours but still only within our designated 5km zone.
Now that many other Victorians, Australians and millions of others around the world are also being locked down, so many more of us are asking, "How do we train?" How do we keep up both physical fitness and motivation when we're stuck inside a veritable bubble?
Having lived the Lockdown Life for ages now, I'd love to share with you some of the things that worked for me during our most extended period of lockdown last year (13 weeks!) and which I continue to fall back on each time we go back into lockdown (we're now up to Lockdown #5).
These are the exact workouts, strategies and tactics I have used to adapt my training over these periods. And I help they help you out!
A quick word on mental health before I launch into the physical stuff.
I am not a psychologist but I discovered some things that helped me through the hardest times. I'll share them here briefly. They might work for you too.
If you are in lockdown, be wary of social media. When other regions or states aren't experiencing a hard lockdown like you are, it can become tough to see others out there enjoying awesome adventures.
It's normal to feel like this. You're not an awful person for feeling sad or angry. You don't begrudge others having a great time (you wouldn't wish lockdown on your worst enemy), but it's a constant reminder of what you're missing out on.
As adventurous, outdoorsy people, not being able to hit the trails when friends in other areas can is a special kind of torture! I liken it to being out of action due to injury and seeing everyone out there doing the things you love to do but can't. Try not to put yourself through it! Staying off Instagram etc., at this time might help a bit.
Don't underestimate or disregard the benefits of activity just for fun's sake.
When you have a training program, pretty much most of what you'll do is train. But take some time out to go for a walk without a pack. A bike ride that's just a fun pedal. Take your dog for a walk and take notice of just how much joy it gets from the simple things like a good smell or the feel of the grass beneath its feet. Simple pleasures.
We can learn a lot from dogs! Really take in your surroundings; look up at the clouds, notice the riot of colours in your neighbourhood gardens, feel the texture of the bark on that paperbark tree on the nature strip. And, a personal favourite, dance during your walk! Lol, yep, pop those headphones in, pump up the volume and get into the moment! I used to just do this in the dark on my early morning walks, but I do it all the time now, in the daylight around the streets, and they haven't come to take me away yet!
Just be in the moment and try to play as you used to as a kid. You'd be surprised how awesome this feels.
Andrea is a coach with Summit Strength, who specialise in helping hikers get strong and pain-free for their adventures.
At the age of 54, she discovered a real passion for hiking. But she also discovered just how limiting physical fitness and pain can be on the trail.
After signing up to one of the Summit Strength signature programs, she discovered just how much of a difference the right training can make to a hiker's enjoyment and comfort on their adventures.
These days, she helps hikers all around the world get fit, strong and resilient for their adventures.
Want Some More
For Your Hiking?
Check Out The
Training For HIking And Trekking FaceBook Group
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training for hiking, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
About Rowan Smith
Best Exercises For Hiking
Continental Divide Trail
Everest Base Camp
High Intensity Training
Hump Ridge Track
Multi Day Hike
Pacific Crest Trail
Summit Strength Method
Time Efficient Training
Summit Strength is a personal training for hiking service created specifically to help hikers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure.