One of the first questions people ask is if they need to train before your walking holiday along one of our fabulous trekking trails. Our travel consultants at TrekkingBug.com have prepared this useful list of practical and simple tips to help you prepare for your adventure. The best answer is ‘yes’ but the level of training will depend on the length of your chosen route, terrain, etc…
In a nutshell:
Make sure you give your walking shoes a good test run before you go on your walking holiday to avoid uncomfortable and painful blisters. If you have a good fitness level, aim for 3 or 4-hour walks at least twice or three times before your trip.
It is important to follow some basic training before your walking holiday. Ideally, you should start your training one or two months before your trip. Of course the intensity of your training will depend on the route, duration of the walking trail you have chosen, as well as the terrain in that particular area. A basic training program will make a big difference and it will help reduce the risk of suffering common (and easily avoided!) injuries such as blisters, strained tendons, etc…
Training for a walking holiday:
-Train physically as much as you can, combining flat and mountainous ground.
-Increase the distance you walk gradually each week, reaching 15 kms two weeks before you travel.
-Walk with your gear and day backpack on so you get used to the weight and make changes accordingly (remember, if you travel with TrekkingBug.com your big luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel so you only need a day backpack for your liquids and other essentials).
-Try to combine running with walking to build stamina and resistance (ideally, middle of your first month training).
-Listen to your body, both during training and during your walking holiday. If you feel you should take a rest, you probably need one!
3 Months before your walking holiday
On the first week, walk for at least 30 minutes. For you second week, walk for 30 minutes without a break. At this point, the most important thing is to get your body used to walking, don’t worry about the distance. In your first month of training you should walk for 30-40 minutes twice a week.
2 Months before your walking holiday
You should increase the walking time to 1-2 hours once or twice a week, incorporating your basic walking gear on (bottle of water and shoes you intend to wear).
1 Month before your walking holiday
Walk the same time but with you gear on (food, water bottle and rain jacket).
3 weeks before your walking holiday
At this point distance becomes more important than the time you spend walking. Your target should be 10km. Add more gear to the pack (if you feel it’s needed).
2 Weeks before your walking holiday
Your target for this week should be 15km walk.
1 Week before your trip
The week before your walking holiday, your target should be 15-20km. Walk with your full gear so that you know what it’s like on your trip. Review any changes you feel might be needed for your gear or purchase other accessories.
Walk with the CaminoWays.com team
The TrekkingBug.com team (part of Greenlife Tours and CaminoWays.com) a free preparation walk every month, if you are heading on a walking holiday this year, why not join us? Check CaminoWays.com Facebook Page to find out about our next walk.