As part of your Inspired Adventures preparation, you also recognise the importance of getting in shape for your trek. The demands of trekking are specific and very different from other activities so it is important that your training programme is also specific to the demands of your trek.
Where are you going?
The first stage is to accurately assess the level of fitness that you need for your trek. Research the country’s topography and climate. Factors to consider include duration, rest days, terrain, whether you’re carrying a load and distances covered each day. Treks vary considerably from completely supported tours with rest days, where all your equipment and baggage is carried, to unsupported and tough adventures in challenging locations. From this information you will have an idea of how soon you need to start your programme.
Look to begin as early as possible, to give your body the maximum amount of time to adapt and strengthen in readiness for your trek. Avoid trying to cram several months of specific training into a couple of weeks because as well as arriving totally unprepared, you are likely to end up injured and having to postpone your trek. By starting in good time, you can factor in plenty of rest days as you build your fitness and easily incorporate your training into your life, as opposed to beginning late and trying to fast-track your fitness — at the exclusion of everything else.
This should form the foundation of your trek-fit training programme. Without good CV fitness, you will be unable to complete each day. Look to carefully progress your CV fitness so that in the final weeks, you are comfortable with the maximum daily distances that you will encounter. Any CV exercise will help but walking, jogging and running more closely replicate the actual requirements of your Inspired Adventure so are the most suitable disciplines. If possible, try to train on similar terrain.
Training with weights will build specific strength in the key muscles that you will use when trekking. The main focus areas are the legs, arms (biceps and triceps), back (particularly if carrying a rucksack) and core. Aim to build up to two sessions per week and try to get good instruction so that you carry out the exercises correctly, get the maximum benefits from your training time and most importantly, avoid injury. A programme focusing on these key areas and including a warm-up and cool-down should only take 30 to 40 minutes, so it can be fitted into your life without too much difficulty.
Ready to go
After following the realbuzz.com trek-fit programme you will be ideally placed to get the absolute best from your Inspired Adventure. CV, strength, all-round fitness and body awareness will be the benefits you enjoy, in addition to general improved health through being fitter.