Apr 15

Fitness Tips for an Effortless Hiking Tour

Preparing for a multi-day trek in the mountains goes beyond just putting on your boots and daypack and setting off. At Ryder-Walker we’re here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring your entire journey, from initial training to your first hike on vacation, is both enjoyable and rewarding. Whether you’re building stamina or choosing the right gear, these practical tips will have you trail-ready for your upcoming guided or self-guided adventure.

Training Tips to Get You Trail Ready

1. Start with Consistent Walks: Begin with regular walks around your neighborhood and on local trails. Gradually increase your distance and pace to build stamina.

2. Incorporate Strength Training: Strengthen your core, legs, and back with exercises like squats, lunges, and planks. This will help you handle varied terrain with ease.

3. Practice Hiking with Your Daypack: Begin hiking with a light load and slowly increase the weight as you become more comfortable. Your pack should weigh no more than 22 pounds and will hold water, snacks/picnic, first aid kit for self-guided treks, extra layers, sun protection, hat, gloves, rain gear. For hut overnights with no luggage the pack will weigh more with the few extras you will need.

4. Practice Ascents and Descents: Incorporate stairs or hills into your training to simulate the inclines and declines you’ll encounter on the trail.

5. Focus on Flexibility: Incorporate stretching into your routine to improve your flexibility and reduce the risk of injury.

6. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Proper hydration and nutrition are vital. Drink plenty of water and eat balanced meals to fuel your body for the trails. While training, bring healthy snacks to simulate the snacks you will bring on the trail. Most countries sell energy bars like those found in the USA.

7. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body feels. Rest when needed and don’t push beyond your limits.

By incorporating these suggestions into your pre-trek training, we hope you’ll feel well prepared for the trails ahead. For more tips on training visit our blog: Fitness and Training: Get in Shape for Your Hiking Tour.

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