Training and exercising your body and mind: here are our tips on how to best prepare for your trek.
Whether you do regular exercise or not, trekking for several days is an unusual strain on your body, especially if, like me, you sit down a lot at work. Therefore, make sure you train so that you aren’t suffering during your trek and so you can make the most of this exceptional experience. This will also help you avoid injury, pain and unpleasant physical fatigue.
On this subject, in our article What physical preparation do I need to do for a trek?, sports coach and trekker Elisabeth Moreau recommends that you start training several months before you set off, and that you of course make sure your training programme is appropriate for your physical and sporting condition.
Ideally, you should combine endurance and muscle-strengthening activities, with around three 30-minute to 1.5-hour sessions a week.
And don't forget to get your body used to supporting the weight of your backpack...
A final word of advice about preparation: also give your mind a workout! Train hard, of course, but above all, set yourself achievable goals that are tailored to you, leaving room for contingency plans too.
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