Are you planning to go hiking but are not sure whether you are fit enough for the trails? Do you want to prepare your body to cope with long miles, steep climbs and heavy backpacks? If you answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. This article will show you how to prepare for your hike.
Training is important to increase your chances of success on any hiking trip. This includes getting you in good physical shape before you take on the hiking challenge. The one and only sure way to do that is to train and exercise regularly. We show you how below:
How to Create a Training Schedule
First off, it is very important to consider the type of hike you plan to do. Will it be a one day hike in the wilderness? Or an overnight hike in the mountains? Perhaps even a more strenuous long-distance hike?
For any type of hike, you want to be in good physical shape. There is, however, a big difference between training for one-day trips and training for long distance backpacking hikes.
Many people with an average fitness level should be able to easily complete a one-day hike. This is not to say it is easy. On the other hand, people who are more active will be comfortable taking on several hours of hiking.
If you don’t walk often, start doing so. Giving your legs daily exercise for 2 to 3 weeks should get your ready for a day hike trip. Long distance hikes require additional training as discussed below.
Different Types of Training
1. Cardiovascular Training
Cardiovascular training includes everything from walking, cycling, jogging and swimming. It should be done three to four days a week while allowing at least one day of rest per week. The goal of cardio training is to improve endurance and increase your body’s capacity to repair itself after exercise.
2. Resistance Training
Resistance training includes exercises such as lunges, planks, squats, sit-ups and step ups. It should be done two days a week while allowing periods of rest in between. The goal of this training is to teach specific body parts such as the muscles how to manage prolonged periods of stress.
3. Mental Training
Mental training is as critical as physical training. Even if you are in great shape, you cannot physically prepare for harsh conditions. Painful blisters, frigid weather and sudden downpours are just some of the challenges you will endure. Mental training is the only thing that will help you get through them.
The Basics of Hiking
Tip 1: Look for a Gym
If you aren’t already a member, you should consider signing up for membership at your local gym. The gym is the perfect place to improve both strength and endurance and condition your body before a hike.
Tip 2: Begin Hiking
Ultimately, the best way to train for a hike is to start hiking. If you are new to this, you should begin by taking long walks at the nearby park or any other convenient area so that you can do specific target exercises and work on various muscle groups in your body. After you’ve gotten used to walking, you can begin doing hikes with a small backpack while slowly increasing your loads to allow your body get accustomed to the weight it will carry on the actual day of hiking.