How fit do I need to be?
Fitness and mental ability is the key ingredients for trekking in the Himalayas. Most people have a good level of fitness for their age, and first time trekkers are usually concered that they won't be able to keep up. It is not all about keeping up but, taking your own time and setting your own pace. You will soon discover after a couple of days with lots of ups and downs that you will become fitter with each step.. Having said all this it is imperative that you train before your trek, by under preparing, not only are you robbing yourself of an enjoyable experience, but letting down the team of people you will be trekking with.
An excellent training routine is to incorporate major muscles, especially your legs, and your cardio vascular system. Make sure that you raise your heart level during your training session. To do this you need to undertake some sand running, road running, stair climbing and plenty of hills. Bike riding is also an excellent alternative.
If you regularly exercise at least 3 or more times per week then you are probably fit enough to go trekking. I have graded my treks to help you decide on the best fitness program for you to undertake. Bushwalking is probably the best training but any form of exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, will get you in shape. I suggest the following training programme.
For a MODERATE TREK it is necessary to spend about one hour a day at least 3 - 4 times per week doing one or all of the following exercises - walking, aerobics, swimming, jogging or similar. Walking up stairs as often as you can is great training and longer walks up steep hills without stopping (of say an hour's duration) will really get you in shape.
For a MODERATE PLUS AND CHALLENGING TREK are suitable for those who already have a good level of fitness and who have been either jogging or walking regularly every day for at least 1 year and wish to tackle a more strenuous programme.
So remember, START GRADUALLY TO BUILD UP YOUR FITNESS LEVEL, AS THIS WILL REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY TO YOUR BODY. Flexibility plays a very IMPORTANT role in maintaining your daily routine so please remember to spend at least 10 minutes stretching at the end of each walk or jog. You will be sure to see me stretching those muscles at least twice a day whilst on the trek and I would love you all to join me. REMEMBER WE WANT THIS TREK TO BE ENJOYABLE AND PAIN FREE.