Planning A Trek This Summer? Here’s A Useful Checklist
Trekking in the recent years has become one of the popular ways to spend your holidays. India offers many interesting places to go hiking, be it the Himalayas in the north, or the Nilgiris in the south. However, treks can be tiring as it involves a lot of walking, ascending, descending and dealing with the issues related to higher altitudes.
It is important to have good fitness levels, enough nutrition and hydration that will prepare you to complete the adventure without facing any health issues.
It is important to get trained at least two months before you venture out on the adventure. Go for workouts, start running or swimming to help you build your body’s strength and fitness and help your body adapt to strenuous treks. Training will also help you in avoiding those risks that might cause injuries.
Seasoned trekking professionals suggest building leg strength before stepping on to the mountain ranges. Stick to your weekly leg day workouts without fail as it helps in building stronger muscles. Include exercises like bodyweight and leg squats, lunges and leg presses to get required stamina.
Hydration Is Key:
Trekking is a highly intense activity and body requires extra amounts of fluid to cope up with the climatic conditions. Hiking coupled with heavy breathing and sweating puts enormous amounts of load on the heart, forcing it to pump much harder than the usual. So, practice sipping on small amounts of water quite often to get into the habit of drinking lots of water.
Your energy levels play a vital role in making your trek adventure a success. Aim at eating small, protein-based diets, snack on a variety of fruits and nuts for those extra vitamins and minerals to get instant levels of energy. Practice eating while going for a walk, small run to get used to the feeling being full, even while on trek.
Practice with Backpack:
Backpack is an important accessory while trekking as it contains items like food, liquids, extra clothing. Go for those bags with adjustable chest and waist straps that can take extra load while trekking. Practice walking, running with your backpacks on to get used carrying weight and position while on the go.